Fans will come together to learn about new Disney experiences around the globe, discover limited-edition merchandise only available to event attendees and celebrate all things Disney
BURBANK, California (July 28, 2022) – D23 Expo 2022 presented by Visa will return for a spectacular in-person event in Anaheim with special surprises for fans of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. With exciting pavilions, captivating panel presentations and special retail experiences, fans can explore and be the first to learn about never-before-seen details of new themed lands, attractions, shows and more.
The Disney Parks and Experiences Wonderful World of Dreams pavilion invites attendees to step into the new stories, attractions and adventures Disney Imagineers are bringing to life around the globe. Fans will discover behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, the transformation of EPCOT, new Frozen-themed experiences, Disney Cruise Line, live entertainment and more.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro will take to the Hall D23 stage Sunday, September 11, at 10:30 a.m. for A Boundless Future: Disney Parks Experiences and Products to share a look at new details of highly anticipated projects in development around the world. The fan-favorite presentation is sure to feature see-it-here-first moments and surprises.
D23 Expo is the place for fans to shop for new and limited-edition merchandise from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, plus items celebrating Disney100 and D23 Expo. Attendees can visit the D23 Expo Marketplace for a new, immersive retail experience with products from shopDisney.com and Disney Parks. The Walt Disney Imagineering Mickey’s of Glendale shop is returning to D23 Expo this year, this time with three unique retail spaces tailored to different categories and experiences: Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store, Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store and D23 Expo Shop x Mickey’s of Glendale.
Guests at D23 Expo will get first access to DisneyMe, an all-new digital avatar in the Play Disney Parks app. This experience empowers guests to express their Disney style by creating their own unique DisneyMe. To celebrate the launch of DisneyMe as part of Disney Uncharted Adventure on the Disney Wish, guests at D23 Expo will be invited on a quest that can only be completed at the Expo. Attendees will uncover specially designed Disney Wish and D23 Expo digital clothing and accessories for their DisneyMe around the show floor.
Starting in September, D23 Expo guests will need to download the latest Play Disney Parks app to be ready to create their DisneyMe and join the DisneyMe D23 Expo Quest during the convention.
Throughout the weekend, fans can dive deeper into the world of Disney through several special panel presentations:
Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers
Friday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m., Backlot Stage
An inside look at the continuing development of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers — what it means in the Disney parks and how these stories continue to grow. Disney Imagineers are joined by Julie Kagawa to talk about her first two books in a series of novels that tie into the lore of S.E.A.
A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Walt Disney Imagineering Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Learn about the legacy of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab, including the work created by Yale Gracey for the Haunted Mansion and other early projects, plus a behind-the-curtain look at the present-day magical process that is so unique to Imagineering.
Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Collection
Saturday, September 10, 12 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Join Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Bob Weis and Leah and Leslie Sklar, the wife and daughter of the late Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar, as they discuss some of the treasures they’ve discovered while going through Marty’s collection from his more than 50 years with Walt Disney Imagineering.
Dreaming, Designing and Bringing to Life the Disney Wish
Saturday, September 10, 4 p.m., Backlot Stage
Disney Imagineers fresh off the launch of the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet — the Disney Wish — talk about their experiences bringing this ship to life. From the wondrously themed spaces and imaginative kids clubs to the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, the ship brings to life fantastical stories you know and love like never before.
Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible
Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m., Premiere Stage
For seven decades, the magic-makers at Walt Disney Imagineering have blended limitless imagination with cutting-edge technology to create groundbreaking experiences that bring together families and friends to create lifelong memories. Join Imagineers past and present as they discuss the core elements of storytelling and innovation that bring dreams to life for guests from all around the world.
Disney Parks Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective
Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Join us for a conversation with Disney Ambassadors spanning the decades, including 1966 Disney Ambassador, Connie Lane, and 1971 Walt Disney World Ambassador, Debby Dane Browne. From representing Walt Disney at Disneyland in the 1960s, to opening Walt Disney World: experience the history of Disney Parks like never before.
The World of Duffy & Friends Revealed
Sunday, September 11, 4:15 p.m., Hyperion Stage
Disney Imagineers discuss the origin and continuing popularity of Duffy & Friends, including the newest friend who has become a global phenomenon — LinaBell!
D23 Expo is sold out. Select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! For more information, visit D23Expo.com.
Prepare to Scare or Brave the Scares at Howl-O-Scream with All New Haunts and Terrifying Savings during the Limited-Time Sinister Sale
After a successful "inaugural fear," Howl-O-Scream is coming back to SeaWorld San Diego, and this year promises to be bigger than ever before with more pulse-pounding haunts, thrills, and chills. Now entering its second year, Howl-O-Scream 2022 will feature more coasters, new haunted houses, more scare zones, and more unexpected frights. Those planning to face their fears can take advantage of the scariest sale of the season with limited-time savings of up to 60 percent, with Howl-O-Scream tickets as low as $31.99.
Howl-O-Scream takes place from September 16 through October 31 and the separately ticketed event is intended for a mature audience. The second year has three returning and reimagined haunted houses, four returning scare zones plus two additional haunted houses, two new scare zones, all-new ScAREAs, all-new live-show, new themed bars and more. Guests can also take their night of frights to another level by braving SeaWorld San Diego’s roller coasters at night. They can take a chilling ride on the park’s newest thrill ride “Emperor,” rated one of the top Best New Theme Park Attraction by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards and is the tallest, fastest, and longest floorless dive coast in California.
To prepare for evenings of howls and screams, SeaWorld San Diego is seeking enthusiastic performers who can give attendees the scariest of scares to join the Howl-O-Scream team as scare actors. Anyone over the age of 18 who is passionate about Halloween and loves to frighten and startle is encouraged to apply, regardless of performance experience. The selected scare actors will play a pivotal role in bringing this exciting and ever-growing annual event to life for SeaWorld San Diego guests.
Auditions are being held at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute on select dates now through August 14. Interested participants are required to sign up online in advance.
WHEN: The Sinister Sale for SeaWorld San Diego Howl-O-Scream tickets runs until July 31. Tickets are available for purchase at howloscream.com/CA. Stay tuned for more dreadful details by following Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Scare actor auditions are being held on select dates and audition sign-ups can be found at https://bit.ly/SeaYourScare
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 39,000 animals in need over the last 55 years. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 55-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
Global Music Phenomenon and Multi Award-Winning Artist, The Weeknd, Collaborates with Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights to Create All-New Haunted Houses Inspired by His Record-Breaking “After Hours” Album
“The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare” Will Terrify Guests in an Unprecedented Experience at Universal Orlando Resort Beginning September 2, and at Universal Studios Hollywood Beginning September 8
All Event Tickets are Now on Sale for Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Fla. (July 26, 2022) – For the first time ever, multi award-winning artist The Weeknd joins forces with Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights to inspire all-new, terrifying haunted houses based on his record-breaking “After Hours” album. Beginning September 2 at Universal Orlando Resort and on September 8 at Universal Studios Hollywood, guests will spiral into the twisted mind of this mysterious artist to experience “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare.”
Global phenomenon, The Weeknd, is renowned for his groundbreaking music that blends daring, provocative lyrics with innovative sounds and ominous undertones. “After Hours” is The Weeknd’s fourth consecutive number one album and has spawned multiple chart-topping hits, including “Too Late,” “Heartless,” “In Your Eyes” and the wildly popular single “Blinding Lights” – which is ranked as the #1 Greatest Hot 100 Hit of All Time by Billboard. This fall, select tracks from the riveting album are being reimagined as a horror movie soundtrack for the outrageously haunting experience at Halloween Horror Nights.
The dark undercurrent behind The Weeknd’s enigmatic persona will permeate the all-new Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses on both coasts. With the eerie sounds of “After Hours” reverberating throughout the experience, guests will step into a surreal living nightmare filled with grotesque characters and themes inspired by The Weeknd’s music and short films. As they’re stalked by slashers, bandaged maniacs, gruesome toad-like creatures and other unfathomable horrors from the mind of the artist, guests will be challenged to survive the night while trapped within the terrifying, unexpected world of “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare” – a place that only exists in The Weeknd’s vivid imagination and from which one may never escape.
“I always wanted my own Halloween Horror Nights haunted house as Halloween has always been significant to my music, so this is a total dream come to life. I feel like my music videos have served as a launching pad for a collaboration like this, and I cannot wait for people to experience this madness!” said Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye.
“We are thrilled to take guests inside of the mind of The Weeknd, who is a Halloween Horror Nights fan himself,” said John Murdy, Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. “This is an unprecedented haunted house that is going to shatter the expectations of our guests and immerse them in an unforgettable experience that is equally unexpected and terrifying,” added Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort.
All tickets are on sale now for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, which begins Friday, September 2 – including online savings on single-night tickets and a variety of Frequent Fear Pass options that allow guests to experience the horror on multiple nights. Guests can also stay close to the screams with vacation packages that include hotel accommodations, one-night admission to the event, tickets to all three Universal Orlando theme parks, and benefits exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests, such as Early Park Admission to the theme parks during the day and access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate at night. Plus, guests can take their visit to the next level with upgrades such as the guided R.I.P. Tour, Express Pass, the daytime, lights-on Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour and Scareactor Dining – where guests can fuel up for the fear with a themed dinner buffet and special photo ops with scareactors on select nights. Annual passholder discounts on select products are also now available, and Florida residents can save on vacation packages when they stay two nights or longer. For more information on all offers and ticket products, click here.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood begins on Thursday, September 8, and all tickets to the terrifying event are now on sale. Tickets purchased online or at the Universal Studios Hollywood front gate provide guests with Early Event Admission to select houses, beginning at 6pm each night of Halloween Horror Nights (subject to change). Universal Studios Hollywood offers a variety of Halloween Horror Nights ticket options, including General Admission, Universal Express, After 2pm Day/Night, the premium R.I.P. Tour and popular passes, Frequent Fear and Ultimate Fear, which allow guests to experience the scares again and again. Click here for more information about each ticket type and for terms and conditions.
Both events will run select nights through Monday, October 31, and more details and haunted houses will be revealed soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
Endless Nighttime Fun at Moonlight Madness
Featuring Fireworks, Street Dancing, Soaring Coasters and Extended Hours at one of America’s Top Theme Parks
(Branson, Missouri 7/21/2022) The peak of summer welcomes cool breezes, fireworks and nighttime fun for families at Silver Dollar City. With extended hours and evening activities, there’s family-fun for everyone. Moonlight Madness begins Saturday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, August 7 at the Branson theme park, highly awarded as one of America’s top theme parks.
Ride into the night and drop-in-the-dark with more than 40 rides and attractions open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with two nights open even later with Midnight Madness, July 30 & August 6. Soar under the moonlight on Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster, or dare the steepest drop on a wooden coaster with the world-renown Outlaw Run. The epic, half-mile raft ride Mystic River Falls, lights up as Silver Dollar City’s most unique river adventure with a 4-story, record-setting splashdown, offering twilight adventure under the Ozark stars.
Lively entertainment plays into the night with musical icon Newsboys, kicking off the festival for one night only, July 23rd. Keeping the energy high throughout the festival, family-fun dance band, Eastern Heights puts on an unforgettable show, followed by an impressive firework display lighting the night. For the littles, music group Prince Ivan leads family games on the Gazebo Stage and emcees nightly street dances on the Square, with music from hip-hop and rock-and-roll to the Chicken Dance and the Macarena.
Even more moonlight fun is possible at White Water this summer with Night Water every Saturday in July until 10 p.m. Float into the sunset and splash under the stars at one of America’s best outdoor water parks. Slide into the night on the 7-story Kalani Towers, or race to the finish on the heart-pounding Mat Racers under the evening sky.
There are more than 12 hours a day to play during Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City and White Water, plus special deals, rates and savings after 5 p.m. exclusive to this sundown summer event.
Expands Access for Guests with Physical Disabilities and Autism
BOWIE, Md. — July 19, 2022 -- Six Flags America and Hurricane Harbor, D.C.’s Thrill Capital, is the first theme park in the DMV to become a Certified Autism Center™. This accreditation coincides with the introduction of a revolutionary and specialized restraint harness that allows access to ALL Six Flags Thrill Rides for guests with physical disabilities*, as well as all new days dedicated to comfort for guests with sensory sensitivity.
The Certified Autism Center accreditation is in partnership with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the only credentialing organization providing this form of certification. As part of the program, guests now have access to trained park leadership and additional support elements. Specialty guides have been developed to highlight the various sensory impacts of each ride or attraction to help with planning a day at a Six Flags park.
“Six Flags America is proud to be a leader in offering more ways for families in the DMV to create memorable experiences,” said Park President Rick Howarth. “With enhanced training, our all-new ride safety harness system and new sensory-sensitive operating days, more families will be able to enjoy the park in new, better ways than ever before.”
As an accredited Certified Autism Center™, Six Flags America will provide:
With the introduction of the Innovative Ride Safety Harness, Six Flags leads the industry as the first theme park company to manufacture and offer a custom restraint harness. The harness offers multiple sizes that are able to accommodate riders with physical disabilities such as a missing limb or appendages starting at 54” tall. Approximately 98 percent of all Six Flags theme park rides are equipped with an individually designed harness. Certain rider restrictions and qualifications will apply.
Six Flags America will now offer Sensory Sensitive Days on Wednesdays, July 24 and August 17. These days will be open to all guests with reduced environmental triggers throughout the park.
In addition to enhancing accessibility, admission to the park is an even greater value with Buy Two, Get One Free admission products now through July 31. Enjoy a day at Six Flags America and Hurricane Harbor, or upgrade to an Annual Pass for 12 months of fun including Spring Break and Fright Fest as well.
To learn more about Six Flags Entertainment Corporation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, visit sixflags.com/diversity.
*Some restrictions apply
About Six Flags America
Six Flags America is home to a host of thrilling rides, shows and attractions, including 10 heart-pounding roller coasters, two special sections just for kids and rides for the whole family. Hurricane Harbor water park features a variety of water slides, a lazy river, three kid’s areas and a 800,000-gallon wave pool. Six Flags America and Hurricane Harbor are recognized by IBCCES as a Certified Autism Center™. https://www.sixflags.com/america
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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of water parks in North America, with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 60 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fully embraces the diversity of our team members and guests. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.