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D23 Expo Lineup Announced, Including Disney Legends Award Ceremony and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation

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Here is a look at some of the lineup for the D23 Expo 2017, particularly the larger Expo presentations that include The Disney Legends Award Ceremony and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation. The D23 Expo will be held from July 14–16 in Anaheim, California and tickets are available through the links in the press release below!

New Italian Restaurant Concept Replacing Portobello at Disney Springs: First Concept Art

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James Beard award winner and Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano is developing a new concept to replace the recently closed Portobello restaurant at Disney Springs. The unnamed restaurant is currently scheduled to reopen in fall 2017. In the first concept art, the restaurant is not unrecognizable to the current incarnation of Portobello (it originated nearly 30 years ago as the Portobello Yacht Club). Read below for more information on what will be a multi-million dollar transformation!

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando with Special Offerings on May 14th, 2017

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The Four Seasons Resort Orlando has a number of ways to celebrate mom on Mother's Day, May 14, 2017. There are two buffets, one at Ravello and the other at Plancha, along with pampering treatments at The Spa! Check out the press release below, with information on how to reserve.

Celebrate Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017 with special offerings at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

The entire family will delight in the Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Ravello, the Resort’s modern Italian restaurant’s decadent buffet. Guests will enjoy a scrumptious array of seafood, including oysters, calamari, frutti di mare with scallops, sushi and lobster salad. The antipasti selection includes a variety of delicious and refreshing salads such as grilled vegetable caprese, green bean salad with feta and mint, bulgur salad with goat cheese, and a ”create your own salad” bar. Specialty selections include the herb-crusted prime rib, leg of lamb with mint pesto, and the orange-glazed spiral ham with ginger-peach sauce. For those who prefer more traditional brunch items, omelet and crepe stations, egg white frittata pizzaiola, croque madame and many additional breakfast favourites are offered. Tiny diners will enjoy the children’s buffet, which includes chicken fingers, pigs in a blanket, tater tots, pepperoni and cheese flatbread, “worms in dirt,” sprinkle cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and other kid favourites. Reservations for Mother’s Day at Ravello are available from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for USD 105 per adult and USD 45 per child ages 5-12.

Plancha, the Resort’s Cuban-American restaurant located at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse, is also offering a wonderful Sunday brunch. Start off the celebration by raising a toast to Mom with endless Bloody Marys and Mimosas, included with the price of a three-course brunch. Guests will enjoy their libations with the decadent buffet selection of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruits, a bagel station, breakfast pastries, assorted salads and much more. In addition, guests have the choice of an entrée such as the chicken and white cheddar waffles, eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise, El Cubano sandwich, churrasco with yucca fries, and many others. Plancha brunch is offered every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for USD 68 per adult for a three-course brunch (including appetiser and dessert buffets) and USD 20 per child ages 5-12.

The Spa at Four Seasons

Mothers will feel like royalty when welcomed at The Spa with a complimentary glass of prosecco, given to all moms arriving for their treatment on Sunday, May 14. Pamper Mom with one of the Resort's exclusive treatments including the Sticks and Stones Massage, La Floridian body wrap with whipped shea butter and pink grapefruit crème, or the Signature Radiance Facial that combines a variety of botanical extracts and natural fruit acids to improve tone and texture. With any treatment, mothers will have the choice of a complimentary enhancement such as hand or foot paraffin, scalp massage, exfoliation and many others. For non-Resort guests who experience 80-minute treatments, day access to the Resort pools is included, so Mom can enjoy an entire day of ultimate relaxation.

For Mother’s Day dining reservations at Ravello or Plancha, or for Spa appointments, call 407 313 6868.

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Disney Legend Alan Menken to Present New One-Man Show at D23 Expo 2017

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Oscar winner and Disney Legend Alan Menken will present a new one-man show A Whole New World of Alan Menken at the D23 Expo this July in Anaheim, with two showings on July 16th, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center! Everyone knows his music (many of the songs he has written are among my all-time favorites), and Menken recently wrote several new songs for the live-action Beauty and the Beast. This should be a wonderful show! Keep reading for all the details.

Disney Legend Recipients Announced Including Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill; Awards to be Presented at D23 Expo July 14th, 2017

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On July 14th, 2017, nine honorees will be awarded the prestigous Disney Legends Award at the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, including Carrie Fisher, who passed away a few months ago. Others recipients include Stan Lee, Mark Hamill and Oprah Winfrey. Read more below, including how to attend the Expo! The event will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

BURBANK, Calif. (April 6, 2017) – Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987.

The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”

The awards ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events that Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

The 2017 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

CARRIE FISHER became an overnight sensation in 1977 with her iconic performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But throughout her career, Carrie took on many roles—as an actress, author, playwright, screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. For Disney, Carrie appeared in Scream 3 (2000) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) for Dimension Films, and, in 2015, she returned to the role that made her famous, starring as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She reprised the role for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released in December.

CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI joined the Disney Studio in 1931. His first assignments as an animator were for several memorable Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons, and he eventually contributed to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The apex of his Disney career came when he served as supervising director for the 1959 masterpiece Sleeping Beauty.

MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for nearly 40 years. At its peak, his Mickey-starring comic strip appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week. Manuel was presented a “Mousecar” award by Walt Disney in 1966.

MARK HAMILL began his career in 1970, appearing in numerous television series guest-roles and several TV movies, including a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and starring in MTM's acclaimed The Texas Wheelers. He achieved worldwide attention as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, which included The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will appear in the upcoming The Last Jedi. His stage career includes Broadway shows and the first national tour of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall. A prolific voice-over actor, he has performed in countless animated television shows, feature films, documentaries, and video games. He appears on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award.

WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his technical skills and know-how to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early development of Audio-Animatronics® technology, Wayne would go on to help bring Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion to Disneyland. He went on to work on the construction and installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.

STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was named chairman emeritus. His well-known cameos in Marvel films began with 1989’s telefilm The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and since the release of X-Men in 2000 he has appeared in nearly every Marvel film project. Outside the super-hero realm, he has even popped up as a wedding guest in Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The Odd Couple for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. His other ABC sitcoms during these years included Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s Beauties. Garry was also a successful movie director, with 18 films to his credit. At Disney, he made stars of two young actresses: Julia Roberts, in Pretty Woman, and Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. He directed Bette Midler in Beaches, as well as in The Lottery, a short film that for years was a fixture of the Backstage Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Garry was known for his acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain, Chicken Little, and as the Devil in Hocus Pocus.

JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, becoming the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19 countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical for the show. Her production of The Magic Flute is currently in repertory at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her films include A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Titus, The Tempest, the Golden Globe-nominated Across the Universe, and the Oscar-winning Frida. Taymor is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently directing M. Butterfly on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.

OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years she was the host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons on hundreds of stations domestically and in more than 100 countries around the world. Oprah is also an Academy Award®-nominated actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 hit The Color Purple. In 1998, she starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, a film that she also produced. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s 1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before Women Had Wings, and Their Eyes Were Watching God under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She performed as Eudora in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2017.

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 276 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Beatrice Arthur, Howard Ashman, Regis Philbin, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Johnny Depp, Estelle Getty, George Lucas, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Rue McClanahan, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Betty White, and Robin Williams. Beginning with the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, thousands of Disney fans have been able to enjoy the Legends Awards ceremony live.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The nameD23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disneys 90-plus-year historyIt gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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