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Harrison Ford previews 'Star Wars'-themed lands, Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Kelsea Ballerini take center stage at ABC's 'The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60'

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Fri, Jan 29th 2016 05:15 pm

Kelly sings a 'Muppets' classic with Kermit the Frog

Acclaimed actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the "Star Wars" film franchise, gives viewers an exclusive preview of "Star Wars"-themed 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, Feb. 21 (8-10 p.m. EST), on ABC.

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."

Meanwhile, singing stars Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Kelsea Ballerini will lend their voices to some of the most popular and beloved melodies in the Disney songbook when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is showcased on "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60."

Kelly, 2016 Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, pairs with Kermit the Frog for an acoustic rendition of "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie." Versatile singing artist and Grammy nominee Jessie J will sing the iconic tune "When You Wish Upon a Star" from the classic Disney movie "Pinocchio." Country's rising female artist Ballerini will be showcased singing "Part of Your World" from the Disney hit film "Little Mermaid."

Young dance phenomenon Maddie Ziegler, known to millions for her appearances on "Dance Moms," will be featured in Ballerini's musical number, with choreography by Travis Wall.

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 this summer, extending the three 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, Sept. 5.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the leadership of music director and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will present 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 (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (http://www.HollywoodBowl.com).

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 pre-eminent 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.

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