VARIETY – Harrison Ford won’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away for his next “Star Wars” role — the man behind Han Solo will give fans a first look at the “Star Wars”-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts as part of ABC’s upcoming TV special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.”
Ford will preview the two park expansions during the two-hour Disney special, airing Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Previously announced guests for “Disneyland 60,” which will be hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” champ Derek Hough, include Elton John, Josh Gad and Hough’s “DWTS” co-star Witney Carson. Hough and Carson will perform a dance tribute utilizing music from Disney’s most popular properties, while John will debut a new song, “Wonderful Crazy Night,” in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”
Gad — who voiced Olaf in Disney’s animated hit “Frozen,” and will next be seen in the company’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake as LeFou — will take viewers on a tour of Walt Disney’s private apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite on the special. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join the celebration performing “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia.”
Plans for the “Star Wars” lands were debuted by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s D23 Expo last August.
“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single-themed land expansion ever,” Iger said at the time. “These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new ‘Star Wars’ planet.”
According to Iger, the expansion will have two signature attractions, including a ride where fans can take the controls of the Millennium Falcon “on a customized secret mission,” along with an experience that drops attendees into “a climactic battle between the First Order and the resistance.”
COMING SOON – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” is produced by Den of Thieves. Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serve as executive producers.
Harrison Ford will give viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars Lands being developed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. New details of the ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life at both resorts will be revealed during “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” with Master of Ceremonies Derek Hough, airing Sunday, February 21 (8:00 10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join the celebration performing “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney’s acclaimed animated film Fantasia. Previously announced “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” participants include Elton John, Josh Gad and Witney Carson.
Walt Disney’s legacy lives on through the Disneyland Resort, but even he might not have been able to imagine how big his idea would become at Disneyland and at Disney parks that span the globe. He launched an entirely new concept for family entertainment that remains as relevant today as the day it opened on July 17, 1955 for guests of all ages.
The Disneyland Resort will continue its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration through Summer 2016, extending the three spectacular after dark shows created for the special anniversary – the “Paint the Night” parade, the immersive “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show and the all new “World of Color–Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.” The celebration, which also features sparkling décor, themed food and merchandise, will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of music director and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A. s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The LA Phil s season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” is a production of Den of Thieves (“MTV Video Music Awards,” “American Idol,” “MTV Movie Awards,” “Critics Choice Movie Awards,” the “Radio Disney Music Awards”). Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager are the executive producers.