Walt Disney World Replaces Beauty and the Beast Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios .. #WaltDisneyWorld #BeautyandtheBeast

The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends is a 20-minute instrumental concert with a closing appearance by Beauty and the Beast characters

A new show opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday, and it’s a non-actor replacement for the long-running “Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage” show.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF kicks off its 2016-2017 Children’s Series with the beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, select dates June 16 – July 24, 2016.

Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2015’s The Frog and the Princess and 2014’s Rapunzel), the family-friendly production is based on the classic French fairy tale.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Unveils List of Productions for 2016-2017 Season

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert have announced the 10 productions that will comprise Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF’s upcoming 2016-2017 Season.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater 2016-2017 Season

The list features a legendary Broadway musical, two adapted literary classics, boisterous and adventurous Shakespeare romances, a critically acclaimed new work, and stories ripped from the pages of today’s most popular children’s books.

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Orlando’s 2014-15 Broadway Season at Dr. Phillips Center Announced

Orlando's 2014-2015 Broadway season

The list of shows that will be presented during Orlando’s 2014-2015 Broadway season was announced this week, and it includes a mixture of new and returning productions.

This season marks the first at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which opens November 2014.

The first show to kick off the season will be returning favorite “The Phantom of the Opera” from December 3-14, 2014. The production has been revamped, and boasts new special effects, choreography and scenic and lighting design.

Newsies” will play Orlando January 27 – February 1, 2015. This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the popular Disney movie about a scrappy group of newsboys who fight for their rights in 1899 New York City.

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New Round of Disney-Inspired Photos by Annie Leibovitz are Released

Ok, so these don’t specifically have to do with Orlando, but since they are part of a marketing plan to bring people to the Disney parks, I’m posting these new photos taken by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz. They also star some famous faces in iconic Disney roles.

Enacting a scene from Snow White, Emmy award-winning actor Alec Baldwin and actress Olivia Wilde portray the evil queen and her mirror. The tagline reads, “Where magic speaks, even when you’re not the fairest of them all.”

Appearing as Beast is Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, opposite another Oscar-winner, Penelope Cruz as Belle. The celebratory moment’s tagline reads, “Where a moment of beauty lasts forever.”

Finally, award-winning musician and actress Queen Latifah enacts her dark side as the Little Mermaid’s nemesis, the Sea Witch Ursula. Her tagline reads, “Where memories take hold and never let go.”

The portraits will appear as a special insert in the April issues of O — The Oprah Magazine, People en Español, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle as well as the March 28 issue ofPeople.

I love this series of photos. What do you think of them?

[Photos © Walt Disney World/Annie Leibovitz]

Walt Disney World Unveils More Plans for Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

If you’ve been to the Magic Kingdom recently, you might have noticed some changes happening behind the castle, in Fantasyland.

In a press conference this week, Walt Disney World unveiled more concrete plans for the renovations, along with some artist renderings of what the completed project will look like.

Take a gander at this:

Pretty awesome, right? The new additions are scheduled to open in phases, beginning in late 2012.

Among the main changes, the grotto where Ariel formerly met with guests is being turned into a new attraction, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves, against the backdrop of songs from the movie. It doesn’t say how they’ll be doing that, but I’m hoping for an appearance from Sebastian (love him!).

From what I understand, also among the first to open will be the addition of the castle of Beast, across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. This will serve as the setting for Be Our Guest Restaurant. With seating for 550, this dining experience will feature an elegant ballroom, gallery and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. It will offer a quick service style of dining by day and a full table service dinner in the evening. No word on the menu offerings, yet.

Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Outside of the village will be Belle’s cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. Guests start in Maurice’s workshop where a magical mirror is the gateway to Beast’s library. There, they meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in an interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
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