Worlds are going to collide on Disney XD this month — geeky worlds, anyway. The network just announced plans for “Disney Fandom,” a three-night primetime programming event that will include content from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and more. In other words, the network will showcase a lot of Disney’s recent purchases. They seem to own all of the cool franchises and companies!
Disney says that the event is being geared towards fans that are 13 and older. Um, think way older. I know that I’m excited to watch the My Family Recipe Rocks – Star Wars special. I’m also insanely interested in the sneak peeks being promised for all of Marvel’s upcoming goodies, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Starting Tuesday, July 23, Disney will launch the Fandom website with a few sneak peeks, as well as polls and games that are tied into the event. Besides games and specials, Disney will sandwich in a flick from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise every night. Some of the other schedule highlights include (all times are ET/PT):
Tuesday, July 30
On The Red Carpet Disney Fandom Edition: This first-time special allows viewers to walk the carpet at San Diego Comic-Con with host Rachel Smith and Radio Disney on-air personality Morgan Tompkins. [8:00 p.m.]
Star Wars Tech: Right after an airing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney Fandom will air this 2007 documentary, which covers everything from the lightsaber to how X-wing starfighters compare to actual jets. [11:00 p.m.]
Wednesday, July 31
This night belongs to Captain Jack Sparrow, me hearties. Look for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to start at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 1
Live Well Network’s My Family Recipe Rocks – Star Wars Special Edition: I will be setting the DVR for this one, and not just because it’s hosted by ex-*NSYNC-er Joey Fatone. In this world debut, the musician/dancer/foodie will cook viewers a Star Wars-themed breakfast right out of the Star Wars cookbook, as well as showcase all of the super-cool memorabilia housed inside Rancho Obi-Wan near Northern California’s Skywalker Ranch. [8:00 p.m.]
Meet the Disney Legends: This is another new program, designed to highlight everyone that makes that Disney magic come to life. Of course, we won’t meet every Cinderella in every theme park, but host Brandon Johnson (My Yard Goes Disney) will interview Monsters University star Billy Crystal, Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, animator Glen Keane, and more. [8:30 p.m.]
Once Upon a Time: For the Fans: Before the night caps off with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Once Upon a Time fans will be treated to this short, sweet peek at the ABC hit. Cast member Lee Arenberg hosts the spot, which will include new cast interviews, a profile of Captain Hook, a look at the people of Storybrooke, and a few hints at the upcoming fall season. [8:45 p.m.]
Just in case you were swept up in the Fandom, remember that all of the above programming will air on Disney XD. Contact your local provider to find the channel number in your area.