VIDEO: Watch the Story Trailer for "Marvel's Avengers: War Table" Video Game, Releasing September 4

Square Enix has just released the latest story trailer for Marvel's Avengers: War Table video game, which was announced at E3 in 2019. Not much has been shown before the new trailer dropped today during the inaugural Marvel's Avengers: War Table event, giving fans an insight on the overall plot of the latest installment involving the Earth's mightiest heroes.

The official descriptions reads: "People around the world have turned their backs on the Avengers. Ms. Marvel must reassemble her role models while facing AIM's leader, George Tarleton, who has his own vision for the future."

This story gives insight on how Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, reunites the rest of the Avengers in order to stop AIM, Advanced Idea Mechanics, and their leader who's better known as MODOK, the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing.

Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Black Widow join up again with the help of Ms. Marvel after the death of Captain America. The team has to learn how to put the past behind them in order to defend the world against MODOK for the future to survive.

Marvel's Avengers: War Table will be released on September 4, 2020, delayed from its original debut date on May 15, 2020. The game will be available on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and on Windows PC.

Will you be adding Marvel's Avengers: War Table to your video game collection or are you holding out for Spider-Man: Miles Morales this winter? Let us know in the comments!

Featured Image: Marvel Entertainment

"Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road" App Launching on June 22 After Delayed Release

Kingdom Hearts fans won't have to wait much longer for the latest game in the franchise. The newest addition to the series, Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road, will be launching on iOS and Android app stores Monday, June 22.

The game was originally set to be released this Spring but was delayed due to ‘current conditions’ back in May caused by COVID-19.

This announcement comes along with an overall trailer for all Kingdom Hearts related releases for 2020, with an extended trailer for Kingdom Hearts: Memory of Melodies, and the announcement of the soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts III coming out in the Fall.

Are you excited about all of these new Kingdom Hearts releases coming this year? Let us know in the comments!

New “Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories” Rhythm Game Announced for 2020

Square Enix has just released the latest preview for "Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories" on their official YouTube page, announcing that the latest game in the franchise will be released worldwide in 2020 on PS4, XBOX One and the Nintendo Switch.

Although the preview isn't in English, fans can still get a glimpse of what the latest game play will be like. This game looks to be a rhythm based adventure, similar to Square Enix's "Final Fantasy Theatrhytm" that was released in 2014.

The game brings about the return of our favorite trio, Sora, Goofy and Donald as they continue to battle the Heartless throughout many worlds while following the melody of the game's iconic music.

Given the title of "Melody of Memories" we'll see Sora travel through various scenes across the Kingdom Hearts series, as shown here in this scene from "Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days" with Axel, Roxas and Xion enjoying some sea salt ice cream.

The end of the trailer also features scenes with Kairi, with story that will most likely tie this game into the overall series.

While "Kingdom Hearts: Dark Roads" is currently delayed for the iOS and Android release, fans can still enjoy the latest addition in the series when "Melody of Memories" releases later this year.

Kingdom Hearts Reportedly in Development as Animated Series for Disney+

Kingdom Hearts fans have been a very loyal and dedicated fan base over the years, following the story across a variety of gaming consoles. However, a new platform is reportedly in the works to continue on the story of Light versus Dark. Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts video game is apparently in development of getting an animated television show that would be available on Disney+.

While nothing has been officially stated by Disney on this matter, there's been a bit of discourse about it on Twitter, which has our hopes up for this being a possibility in the future.

Emre Kaya, a writer for The Cinema Spot, got the discussion started by tweeting that Square Enix was asked to make a pilot using the animation software that was used in the video games, as things didn't work out well with Disney.

It was with Kaya's tweet that we also discovered that it would most likely be an animated show, as most fans were worried what a live-action version of this video game could look like. After seeing how 20th Century Fox's Assassin's Creed movie turned out, fans have the right to be worried when it comes to adapting video games into live action media.

The conversation only continued to grow when Skyler Shuler, The DisInsider editor-in-chief, added more information regarding the development of the show.

It would be a series, rather than a movie. Whether the series would follow the events of the video games or tell a new story, we're currently unsure. It hasn't been reported if the voice actors for the main characters of the game like Sora, Roxas, Aqua or Axel would have a part in the show. However, the voices actors for Goofy (Bill Farmer) and Donald (Tony Anselmo) would be reprising their role, as well as Jim Cummings, who voices many beloved Disney characters.

While nothing is officially reported or has a release date been announced, the idea of this becoming a reality is definitely exciting. If you're looking for more Kingdom Hearts content, check out our in-depth review and discussion on Kingdom Hearts III or read about the latest development in Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road, which has currently been delayed.

More exciting announcements regarding the Kingdom Hearts franchise should be occurring next month, according to the Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, but continue to follow WDWNT for the latest developments regarding the video games and possible TV show coming soon.

Computer Coding Lessons Meet Disney Fun with "Disney Codeillusion"

Are you looking to learn a new skill this summer? You can learn computer coding with beloved Disney characters with "Disney Codeillusion," a new educational online game.

Developed by Life is Tech!, "Disney Codeillusion" teaches coding that will help you develop webpages, games, and videos in programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Processing.

Upon purchase, users will get a Magic Book Starter Kit in the mail.

disney codellusion magic book

The deluxe keepsake is a beautifully designed book for collecting postcard rewards they earn in the game.

disney codellusion magic book

disney codellusion magic book

disney codellusion magic book

Using manga-styled characters, users will navigate beautifully-illustrated worlds and interact with some classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

If all this seems confusing, don't worry: there are plenty of hints along the way to help you!

Over the 125 thirty-minute lessons, users will develop content using characters from Disney properties, including Big Hero 6, Aladdin, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, Winnie the Pooh, Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Frozen.

You can help Aladdin escape the Cave of Wonders, break plates with Baymax, find missing animals in Zootopia, and even control Elsa's magical snowflakes. It's fun for both children and adults!

“With the popularity of Disney’s Frozen, we’re encouraging people to do more than consume content. When you learn to code, you can create your own content and become part of the magic,” said Satoshi Miyagawa who led the new product development, at last year's Consumer Electronics Show. “You can use the skills you learn to make your own movies, games and websites.”

The full gaming course costs $1,999.00 (or $65.00 a month on an installment plan), but WDWNT readers can get a 10% discount with the discount code WDWNT10, bringing the price to $1,799.00! If you'd like to test things out before deciding whether to purchase, be sure to try their free trial at this link!

Spend your summer learning the magic of computer programming with "Disney Codeillusion!"

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Development Has Been Delayed on "Kingdom Hearts Dark Road" Game Due to 'Current Conditions'

It has been announced that development for latest instalment in the "Kingdom Hearts" game series has had to be delayed.

"Kingdom Hearts Dark Road", which is being developed for iOS and Android devices, was originally set to be released this Spring. Now, the producers have announced an indefinite delay on the release, put down to 'current conditions'. "Dark Road" joins a long list of Disney entertainment releases which have been delayed this summer due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is continuously causing great losses to The Walt Disney Company. 

Alongside the apology issued on Twitter, the "Kingdom Hearts" team issued a promise that more details will be released in early June, so hopefully fans will have more of an indication of the game's release in the upcoming weeks.

Disney Shuts Down Unauthorized Club Penguin Reboot Due to Copyright Claims and Child Pornography Scandal

Club Penguin was a massively popular, kid-friendly MMO online game that officially launched in 2005. It was a social game where kids could create their own avatar, socialize, and decorate their virtual homes. The game seemed antiquated by today’s standards, yet the dedicated fanbase kept the game alive for many years.

The game was purchased by Disney in 2007 and garnered over 200 million registered users, though its popularity declined significantly over the past few years. Club Penguin was eventually brought over to mobile in 2017, where it experienced a second life of sorts, but it was ultimately discontinued by Disney in 2018, and numerous unauthorized versions were created in its place. One of the largest unauthorized reboots, Club Penguin Online, was just shut down today after Disney filed a copyright-takedown notice amidst a child pornography scandal involving a man who oversaw the game.

The unlicensed, fan-run version of Club Penguin Online had amassed over 8 million users. It went dark today after Disney filed a DMCA claim against the site. A BBC News report revealed that messages on the online gaming platform included racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and sexual messages, due to lack of moderation.

In addition to the copyright and moderation issues, a London man involved with the server was also reportedly arrested on child pornography charges.

Disney released the following statement to the BBC:

"Child safety is a top priority for the Walt Disney Company and we are appalled by the allegations of criminal activity and abhorrent behavior on this unauthorized website that is illegally using the Club Penguin brand and characters for its own purposes. We continue to enforce our rights against this, and other, unauthorized uses of the Club Penguin game."

Club Penguin Online informed users that the site would be going offline in a now-removed blog post, stating: "We would like to thank you all for making this journey a memorable and enjoyable one, despite the rocky ending."

Source: BBC News | Variety

VIDEO: Sing Along At Home with Performers from "The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands" at Disneyland Paris

Warm up your vocal chords as a new Disney Parks performer singalong video has been released!

This one comes straight from the Pride Lands of Disneyland Paris. A pack of talented singers from the beautiful "The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands" show have teamed up to perform a rendition of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" in a video released on Disneyland Paris social media this week. The group is asking viewers, guests, and lions alike to join in with them for the song, and we're sure you know the words!

lion king jungle singalong

Along with the video, Disneyland Paris are asking fans to film themselves singing along acapella to the classic track and post the videos online, for a special chance to be featured on the channel. This is part of their fun, new "Disneyland Paris at Home" initiative, and definitely a good excuse to get creative.

"The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands" show is a popular part of the wild "Lion King and Jungle Festival" at the Disneyland Paris resort, which usually runs through summer. Last week, it was reported that performances of the "Jungle Book Jive" show for the festival were cancelled this year, owing to the ongoing park closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we doubt that the festival will be continuing as planned this year, we are hopeful that all the shows and performances will return to the parks next summer.

You can check out our video of the full "The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands" show from last year's festival below:

If you're living for these at-home Disney performances during quarantine, definitely set a reminder for The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II, which is set to take place this weekend!

Select Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Stickers for iMessage, Plus Disney Stories for Amazon Alexa Available for Free for a Limited Time

With many self-isolating and learning how to be "together while apart," Disney is looking to make text messages and storytime a little more magical with free stickers for iMessage and Disney Stories for Amazon Alexa available for a limited time.

From Disney Parks Blog:

We’re thrilled to offer more ways to enjoy digital content that you can enjoy at home on your smartphone or smart speaker device.

We’ve made it easier than ever for you to share Disney Magic while connecting with friends and family by making some of our most popular Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Stickers for iMessage completely free for a limited time (Apr 13 – May 8):

We’ve also teamed up with Amazon on a Disney Stories offer for Amazon Alexa users. Through Disney Stories, kids can connect with beloved Disney and Pixar stories with magical read aloud narration, music and sound effects. They’re perfect for families to read together, or children can discover stories on their own. The Disney Stories Skill is free to enable, and includes four free stories for everyone to try:

Right now, you can purchase bundle of 50 additional stories for just $0.99 (normally $9.99). To get started visit the Disney Stories page on Amazon, or simply say, “Alexa, open Disney Stories” to your Amazon Alexa. For more information on Disney voice experiences for Amazon Alexa, available via Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, please visit the Alexa Skills page on Disney.com.

Will you be taking advantage of these offers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Battle with Disney and Pixar Characters in the Newly Announced Mobile Action RPG, "Disney Mirrorverse"

Are you ready to protect the Mirrorverse with some of your favorite characters?

Enter a divergent universe and assemble teams of powerfully-amplified Disney and Pixar guardians to battle against an unrelenting threat in this new action RPG for mobile devices.

Disney and Kabam have announced Disney Mirrorverse, an all-new Action Role-Playing Game (RPG) for mobile devices. Disney Mirrorverse will transport players to a brand new action-ready universe, featuring evolved and amplified versions of classic Disney and Pixar characters and worlds as fans have never seen them before.

In this all-new, visually stunning adventure, players will assemble a team of powerful guardians that have been exclusively crafted and imagined for the Mirrorverse. Unrelenting forces threaten to take over this alternate reality, and players must get ready for battle, defeat an evil threat, and embark on a journey to defend the Mirrorverse.

“Kabam is known for letting players around the globe explore new fictional worlds and create stories with characters they love,” said Tim Fields, CEO, Kabam. “We are beyond excited to bring so many amazing Disney and Pixar characters together, and to present each of them in a heroic light that fans have never seen before. Over the coming months, we’ll be working closely with our friends at Disney to tune and polish this immersive and engaging adventure.”

“Disney Mirrorverse represents a brave reimagining of iconic Disney and Pixar characters and stories, and we’re delighted to be working with Kabam to bring this original universe to life for players,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “This stunning new adventure will appeal to Disney fans and die-hard RPG fans alike, and we can’t wait to show players what’s on the other side of the Stellar Mirror.”

Disney Mirrorverse will soon enter regional beta testing in the Philippines. For those outside of the Philippines, make sure to sign up at www.disneymirrorverse.com to receive future updates.

Will you be defending the Mirrorverse? Let us know in the comments below!

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REVIEW: Disney Sorcerer's Arena Mobile RPG Brings High-Caliber Nostalgia and Entertainment

On March 24th, Glu Mobile Inc. launched a new, free-to-play, turn-based Arena game called Disney Sorcerer’s Arena. The game resembles a lot of the typical arena games that we’ve seen on the mobile market such as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Marvel Strike Force, and Disney Heroes: Battle Mode.

Glu released a pretty epic trailer for the release. Unfortunately, it doesn't really show you much in terms of gameplay:

What makes Disney Sorcerer’s Arena an interesting addition to the current lineup is that it could be considered a competitor to Disney Heroes: Battle Mode being that they have an overlap of many of the same characters. There definitely are differences between the two, where Sorcerer’s Arena takes a more card-based and turn-based approach, whereas Battle Mode focuses on being more of an auto-brawler.

Sorcerer’s Arena starts out with semi-lengthy tutorial, taking you all the way to about level 6 before you are able to partially start exploring the game yourself. After that, there are some more tutorials that teach you more about the game as you reach new levels or unlock certain features. 

The gameplay is very similar to Galaxy of Heroes, and boasts about 66 characters that are able to be unlocked right now. There is a welcoming array of characters from movies all across the Disney and Pixar universes! You may find yourself fighting the Rhino Guards from Robin Hood on one level, and some of Captain Hook’s crew alongside Kakamora from Moana in the next.

Characters take on traditional RPG roles, such as support, damage, and tank. Most of the characters try to follow their anticipated roles. Aladdin takes on a damage role, focusing on doing quick, fast damage while Gaston is naturally a tank, taking every chance he can to get into the limelight!

In addition to characters, Sorcerer's Arena introduces spells, which are powered up and used throughout the battle. These spells may range from one-time attacks, to bringing your good friend Trigger on your side to fight with you!

Another area that seemed refreshing was the option to change the clothing on some of your characters. This seems to be limited to one costume right now for some characters, but definitely has the potential to be expanded upon at a later date.

Overall, the game does seem very much like a repeat of many other similar games in the market, but its selection of characters and nostalgia are a welcoming sight!

If you’re interested in playing, you can play on iOS or Android. If you have a PC, you can download Bluestacks, an Android emulator. While the game is free, you have the option to pay for extras.

WDWNT Weekly Recap: Disney's Riviera Resort Grand Opening (and Defective Murphy Beds), "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Divides Fans, New Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group Procedures, and Return of "The Muppets Present..."

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from December 16–22!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Guests can try out the TRON Lightcycle Run ride vehicles in this fun new photo-op

EPCOT

We spotted new signage for the upcoming Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 show

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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The Avatar anniversary cupcake

Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney's Riviera Resort: Now Open!

We tried a beautiful selection of pastries at Le Petit Cafe

We loved visiting Minnie Mouse at Topolino's Terrace!

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris

Tokyo Disney Resort

New Merchandise

Euro Disney April 1992 Merchandise

A nostalgic collection is due to go on sale at Disneyland Paris

An adorable Mickey plush from the new Park Life collection

Entertainment and Media

Other Disney News

The stunning Frozen 2 windows at Saks Fifth Avenue

WDW News Today

Make sure you catch up on the News Today episodes from this week!

News Today 12/17/19 - TRON Lightcycles Arrive, Riviera Resort Opens, Flight of Passage Restrooms

News Today 12/19/2019 - New Train Station at Disney World, No Droids Coming to Star Wars, Murphy Bed

That’s all of the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!

Disney Magic Kingdoms Adds New Star Wars Expansion, Introduces Limited-Time "The Rise of Skywalker" Event

Disney Magic Kingdoms is getting some new additions from a galaxy far, far away with the addition of Star Wars content, including attractions and characters from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

From Gameloft:

Gameloft, a leader in the mobile games industry, is thrilled to announce today the introduction of Star Wars characters and locations in Disney Magic Kingdoms, with  more coming in a brand new limited-time event celebrating the international release of Star Warsℱ: The Rise of Skywalker, making it the biggest update to the game yet. In addition to a brand new park expansion, this update introduces some of the most iconic heroes and villains of the latest Star Wars trilogy and brings them to the Kingdom.

Starting today, players can welcome C3PO and R2-D2 to their park and populate the new Star Wars themed area inspired by famed destinations like Hoth, Endor, Jakku and more with new attractions, concessions, and decorations. Players can make their park more magical by adding attractions like the X-wing Simulator or the Resistance Speeder and by opening shops for their guests to purchase new items such as Lightsaber Stands and a Blue Milk Stand.

Additionally, the limited-time Star Wars event will take place from December 19th, 2019 through January 14th, 2020, allowing players to bring seven additional characters to their parks: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, General Hux, a First Order Stormtrooper, and Kylo Ren. During this new event, players will complete quests to help the Resistance to fight Kylo Ren and the First Order.

“It is a dream to welcome Star Wars to Disney Magic Kingdoms,” said Jennifer Gale, Game Manager for Disney Magic Kingdoms. “Working with Disney to bring their latest installment of the Star Wars galaxy to our game has been a magical experience. We hope players will enjoy this amazing addition for Disney Magic Kingdoms – I have a good feeling about this!”

Gameloft also provided us with these screenshots from the event! (The screenshots are from the iPad version of the game.)

Who are you excited to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Full Slate of Cast Members to be Featured in "One Day at Disney" Documentary Series on Disney+ Revealed

At D23 Expo 2019, Disney announced an incredible collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+ highlighting one day in the life of 79 Disney Cast Members and employees all over the world.

One Day at Disney

One Day at Disney is a gorgeous 224-page coffee table book highlighting the 76 photoshoots that all occurred on the same day, as well as an exclusive docuseries headed to Disney+. Both the book and the series will be available on December 3. You can preorder One Day at Disney here.

Check out the full list of Disney Cast Members and employees featured in the book and series:

    1. Alfredo Ayala: Walt Disney Imagineering—Executive, Research & Development
    2. Alice Taylor: The Walt Disney Studios—Vice President, Content Innovation and StudioLAB
    3. Amanda Lauder: Disney Springs—Chef Chocolatier at The Ganachery
    4. Angela Morales: Aulani—Resort Performer (“Aunty”) and Live Music Coordinator
    5. Anthony Anderson: ABC—Star and Executive Producer of black‱ish
    6. Ashley Girdich: Walt Disney Imagineering—Technical Program Manager, Research & Development
    7. Billy Ray Chubbs: Lucasfilm—Motion Capture Performer and Receptionist
    8. Bob Iger: Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company
    9. Brie Larson: Actor in Captain Marvel
    10. Bryce Dallas Howard: Director of Episode 4 of The Mandalorian on Disney+
    11. Candice Valdez: Radio Disney—On-Air Talent
    12. Carlton Fu: Shanghai Disney Resort—Team Manager, Attraction Engineering Services
    13. Chris Cristi: KABC Los Angeles—Helicopter Reporter
    14. Cyril Soreau: Disneyland Paris—Fruit and Vegetable Sculptor
    15. Dana Amendola: Disney Theatrical Productions—Vice President, Operations
    16. David Muir: ABC News, Anchor and Managing Editor, ABC World News Tonight
    17. Ebony Winski: Disneyland Resort—Princess Tiana in Mickey and the Magical Map
    18. Ed Fritz: Walt Disney Imagineering—Ride Engineering Executive
    19. Ellen Pompeo: ABC—Star and Producer of Grey’s Anatomy
    20. Eric Baker: Walt Disney Imagineering—Creative Director
    21. Eric Goldberg: Walt Disney Animation Studios—Animator and Director
    22. Eric Stonestreet: ABC—Actor on Modern Family
    23. Este Meza: Lucasfilm Senior Events Manager
    24. Fabian Dib: Disney Cruise Line—Captain
    25. Fabiola M Kersul de Salles: Walt Disney World—PhotoPass Photographer
    26. Francheska Roman: Disneyland Resort—Candy Maker
    27. Gabriela Clark: Walt Disney Studios—Senior Manager, Creative Print Services
    28. George Montano: Disneyland Resort—Staff Shop, General Lead
    29. George Pennacchio: KABC Los Angeles—Entertainment Reporter
    30. Grace Lee: Disney Publishing Worldwide—Senior Illustration Manager
    31. Heather Bartleson: Walt Disney World—Senior Facilities Coordinator, Holiday Services
    32. Jackie Ma: Hong Kong Disneyland—Senior Arborist
    33. Jason Benetti: ESPN—Play-by-Play Announcer/Analyst
    34. Jerome Ranft: Pixar Studios—Sculptor
    35. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: ABC—Actor on Modern Family
    36. Jon Favreau: Executive Producer of The Mandalorian on Disney+
    37. Jose Zelaya: Disney Television Animation—Character Designer
    38. Joseph Hernandez: Disneyland Resort—Mark Twain Riverboat Attraction Working Lead
    39. Juan Estrella: The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank—Security Guard
    40. Justin Tse: Shanghai Disney Resort—Area Manager, Costuming and Walt Disney Grand Theatre Wardrobe Supervisor

Kae Namiki

    1. Kae Namiki: Tokyo Disneyland—Stage Manager, Show Operations (pictured above)
    2. Katie Whetsell: Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Principal Actor in Finding Nemo—The Musical
    3. Kenneth Ko: Hong Kong Disneyland—Pavement Art Team Leader and Custodial Guest Services Manager
    4. Korey Amrine: Adventures By Disney—Tour Guide
    5. Kris Becker: Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Animal Keeper
    6. Kristina Dewberry: Walt Disney Imagineering—Construction Manager—Logistics, Disneyland Overall
    7. Laura Cabo: Walt Disney Imagineering—Portfolio Creative Executive
    8. Leah Buono: Disney Channel—Executive Direction, Casting
    9. Leslie Evans: Walt Disney Imagineering—Manager, Research & Development
    10. Lois Hammersley: Walt Disney World—Attractions Hostess
    11. Lupe De Santiago: Disneyland Resort—Audio-Animatronics¼ Special Projects Lead
    12. Manon Teissier Du Cros: Disneyland Paris—Pastry Chef at Walt’s—An American Restaurant
    13. Marc Smith: Walt Disney Animation Studios—Director of Story for Frozen 2
    14. Mark Gonzales: Disneyland Resort—Steam Locomotive Engineer
    15. Maxine Shepard: ABC—Production Designer for Black‱ish
    16. Michael Illardi: Walt Disney Imagineering—Principal Research & Development Imagineer
    17. Mike Davie: Walt Disney Imagineering—Project Manager Principal
    18. Morgan Pope: Walt Disney Imagineering—Associate Research Scientest, Research & Development

Natalie Mylniczenco

    1. Natalie Mylniczenco: Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Veterinarian, Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment (pictured above)
    2. Nate Moore: Marvel Studios—Vice President, Development and Production
    3. Nontra Null: Consumer Products—Design Manager, Softlines Product Development
    4. Pablo Tufino: Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Foreman, Computer Ride Show Tech
    5. Patti Murin: Disney Theatrical Productions—Plays the role of Anna in Frozen on Broadway
    6. Pavan “Billy” Komkai: ESPN+—Manager, Broadcast Engineering
    7. Peter Dufour: Walt Disney World—Security Host
    8. Rob Richards: El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood—House Organist

Robin Roberts

    1. Robin Roberts: ABC—Co-Anchor, Good Morning America (pictured above)
    2. Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studios—Head of Visual Development

Sage Steele

    1. Sage Steele: ESPN—SportsCenter Anchor (pictured above)
    2. Scot Drake: Walt Disney Imagineering—Creative Executive, Marvel Global Portfolio
    3. Sidney Bain: Disney Cruise Line—Tram Coordinator/Trainer/Pest Control Operator, Castaway Cay

Sofia Wylie

  1. Sofia Wylie: Disney Channel—Actor in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+ (pictured above in front row far right)
  2. Stephanie Carrol: Walt Disney World—Ranch Hand
  3. Steve Sligh: Walt Disney Studios Operations—Senior. Manager, Golden Oak Ranch
  4. Thom Self: Disneyland Resort—Attraction Machinist
  5. Tia Kratter: Pixar Studios—Manager, Art & Film Education, Pixar University
  6. Tony Salvaggio: Disneyland Resort—Park Decorator, Window Display Team
  7. Vince Caro: Pixar Studios—Senior Recording/Mixing Engineer
  8. Zamavuso (Zama) Magudulela: Disney Theatrical Productions—Rafiki in the Madrid production of The Lion King

Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King 16-Bit Games for Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis to be Re-Released in Limited Edition Clamshell Cartridge Boxes

It's a good thing I kept that folded-up piece of paper from 1993 with all the cheat codes on it, because today, Nighthawk Interactive and iam8bit announced special editions for Disney’s classic 16-bit Aladdin and The Lion King video games.

Following the announcement of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (available October 29th for $29.99), Nighthawk Interactive will also introduce Retro Editions for the Nintendo Switch presented in classic console-style packaging: Clamshell Style (Genesis) and Boxed with Tray (SNES). These premium editions will also include an exclusive poster as well as a retro style manual and will release on December 10th 2019 for $49.99 each.

iam8bit is also bringing Aladdin and The Lion King to its Legacy Cartridge Collection. Fans can revisit these beloved titles with the Aladdin Legacy Cartridge for Genesis and The Lion King Legacy Cartridge for SNES. Each fully playable cartridge is a limited edition of 4,500, complete with lovingly restored artwork by Jango Snow Art & Design. The cartridges will be priced at $99.99 each and orders will ship early 2020.

Pre-orders for both the Nighthawk Interactive Retro Retail Editions and iam8bit Legacy Cartridges are now open on bestbuy.com and iam8bit.com, respectively.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Retro Edition Box

Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to The Nintendo Switch!  This Retro Edition Box is a premium special edition that includes an exclusive poster and retro style manual.  The packaging also mimics your favorite 16-bit console and is designed by iam8bit.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Retro Edition Clamshell

Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to the Nintendo Switch!  This Retro Edition Clamshell is a premium special edition that includes an exclusive poster and retro style manual.  The packaging also mimics your favorite 16-bit console and is designed by iam8bit.

Aladdin Legacy Cartridge (Genesis)

The Aladdin video game is historically significant for many reasons - from its and groundbreaking approach to character animation to its incredible integration of the film’s beloved songs. It proved, upon its initial release in 1993, that licensed products can also be high art. This Genesis version of Aladdin is presented in true Legacy Cartridge Collection elegance, complete with lovingly restored artwork, gleaming translucent cartridge shells, a full-color premium manual and other retro pack-in surprises. Everything that you’ve come to expect from iam8bit’s definitive series, honoring games that defined retro gaming excellence.

Cartridge colorways are randomly inserted into sealed, unmarked boxes.

The edition of 4,500 is comprised of: Translucent Ruby Red; and Rare Purple Gem Glow-in-the-Dark (1 in 8 odds for an ultra limited cartridge).

The Lion King Legacy Cartridge (SNES)

The majesty of The Lion King is cinematic legend, and when it comes to video games, its SNES adaptation truly pushed the limits of what was possible in the 16-bit era. From its nuanced character animation to its epic (and gut-wrenching) Wildebeest stampede, the Serengetti-spanning scope of the film was impressively captured on cartridge in all its glory. This ultimate Legacy Cartridge Collection edition pays tribute to the impossible feats that The Lion King achieved way back in 1994, with painstakingly restoration of all the original artwork and presentation in a premium package fit for royalty, complete with all the retro trappings, including an all-important, custom dust cover.

Cartridge colorways are randomly inserted into sealed, unmarked boxes.

The edition of 4500 is comprised of: Opaque Mufasa Marigold; and Ultra Limited Translucent Serengeti Sunrise Glow-in-the-Dark (1 in 8 odds for rare cartridge).

Will you be pre-ordering your boxed sets? Gotta head to the garage and bust out the Genesis first, but don't forget to blow on those cartridges.

WDWNT Weekly Recap: Huge Announcements from the D23 Expo 2019 - New Movies, Attractions, Concept Art and More!

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from August 19-25!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

A look at the ride vehicle for TRON Lightcycle Run

Epcot

As expected, there was lots of Epcot news announced at D23 this year!

There was lots of new concept art for Epcot at the expo

Meanwhile, in the park...

Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

A look at the ride vehicle for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Disney Springs

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: Galactic Starcrusier Hotel

Are you excited to visit the Galactic Starcruiser?

Art of Animation Resort

BoardWalk Inn

Contemporary Resort

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Polynesian Village Resort

Pop Century Resort

The Chewbacca cupcake

Saratoga Springs Resort

Wilderness Lodge

Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure

Chip and Dale Dressed as Thor and Loki Meet and Greet Disney California Adventure

Chip and Dale dressed as Thor and Loki

Disneyland Paris

Tokyo Disney Resort

How beautiful is this Tangled glowing lantern popcorn bucket?

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort

New Merchandise

The new Hocus Pocus Dooney & Bourke is adorable!

The AP-exclusive Galaxy's Edge MagicBand from Hollywood Studios

Entertainment & Media

Walt Disney Studios Movies

The Walt Disney Studios panel at D23 took place on Saturday, giving us an exciting first look at upcoming movies, including new artwork, announcements and details. Check out our recap below...

raya last dragon logo

Raya and the Last Dragon is the newest animation to be announced by the Walt Disney Studios

Disney+

A hugely impressive lineup of new shows and movies for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service was announced during their panel at the D23 Expo this weekend. Exciting announcements and releases for the channel include:

Disney Television Programming

Other Entertainment News

That’s all of the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!