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October 21, 2016

Mickey Mouse to Celebrate His Birthday with Trip Around the World




BURBANK, Calif., October 21, 2016 — To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Mickey Mouse is embarking on a trip around the world, where he will make surprise appearances in iconic, real-world locations to delight his fans and friends. These magical moments chronicling Mickey’s global adventures will be captured and shared on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook page, culminating with the debut of a video highlighting Mickey’s travels featuring an upbeat new song, “What We Got.” The video will debut on the big day: November 18. Mickey fans are encouraged to join the celebration on social media using #HappyBirthdayMickey.

In advance of Mickey’s birthday, Disney has launched the Mickey Mouse Instagram account (@MickeyMouse). Following on the popularity of the Mickey Mouse Facebook page, which has more than 13 million followers, Mickey’s Instagram page will showcase videos and images including Mickey’s global travels, as well as his appearances in Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.

On Mickey’s birthday, select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Stores in the United States, will be distributing commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. Disneyland Park in Anaheim will host a special pre-parade birthday celebration for Mickey, and at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, characters and performers will dance in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.

Also on November 18, Disney Channel will air the Emmy®-winning new Mickey Mouse shorts throughout the day and premiere two new cartoon series featuring Mickey Mouse. On Mickey Meows Club, the feline hosts of a web-based talk show provide their own “cat”-mentary on Mickey’s incredible performances in their favorite shorts. Mickey’s How Not To will provide viewers with a humorous series of informative tips on how not to do things, using Mickey’s funniest fails and moments from the latest cartoons. Plus, that day Disney Junior will debut the teaser for the upcoming series Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

In addition, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Oh My Disney, Babble, and other Disney sites will be posting Mickey-related videos, galleries, stories, crafts, recipes, and shareables leading up to and on his birthday.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series.

Seaworld's Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular Brings Waves of Halloween Fun Weekends in October

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 20, 2016) – Halloween meets the sea each weekend during SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. The family-friendly event immerses guests in an underwater "fantasea" with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 p.m. to park close each weekend through October 30. Like all special events at SeaWorld, Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.

Spooktacular Highlights Include:

Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun - Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites including Tootsie Roll and SunRype Fruit To Go, just to name a few.

Penelope’s Garden Party - This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ, animal interactions, a variety of craft opportunities, bubbles floating overhead and whimsical sea-themed characters.

Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween - Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of everyone’s Sesame Street friends! The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to park guests and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to help him find the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song filled stage show that invites guests to dance, play and sing along.

Spooktacular Dance Party - Children join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing.

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Dine With Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch - Guests can celebrate with an immersive and memorable brunch experience at Dine With Shamu. They will enjoy seasonal items and reserved tables that bring them up close to majestic killer whales. There also are some Halloween surprises including a free candy bag to get your Spooktacular adventure started. Prices begin at $28 plus tax for adults and $16 plus tax for kids. Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Meet and Greet with Cookie Monster at SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular- Meet Cookie Monster from Sesame Street during SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular. For just $19 per person, guests can meet the character at SeaFire Grill and enjoy his favorite treat: a cookie! Plus, every guest receives a printed photo of their meet-and-greet to take home. Pass Members receive a 10% discount.

Reserved Seating: Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween- Enjoy a reserved seat at a showtime of your choice for Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween show at SeaWorld Orlando. Priced at $19 per person, guarantee a seat for a showtime of your choice.

Marvel Day at Sea on Select Disney Magic Sailings Fall 2017


Disney Cruise Line Introduces First-Ever Marvel Day at Sea on Select Disney Magic Sailings from New York in Fall 2017

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2016) – In 2017, Disney Cruise Line guests will unite and celebrate the epic adventures of the legendary Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new, day-long celebration: Marvel Day at Sea. The seven special voyages on the Disney Magic will depart from New York City in the fall of 2017.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the seven Disney Magic sailings, guests are transported to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including exclusive interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes that oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Also featured are exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.


Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes are onboard for scheduled meet-and-greets and photos.

A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.

The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.

Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.

For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.


Marvel Day at Sea will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing from New York on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

October 18, 2016

Three-Day Celebration of Piemonte, Italy Comes to Four Seasons Resort Orlando


Calling all Italian food lovers: when bringing together an Italian-born chef, an Italian restaurant, and visiting chefs from Italy cooking with special imported Italian ingredients, the result is sure to be an event that is not to be missed.

This October, Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, who hails from Torino, Italy, will bring Italian guest chefs in partnership from the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary School in Italy to prepare an Italian culinary extravaganza. Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be host to several events highlighting the Piemonte region of Italy, which the Italian American Heritage Foundation has declared the “Region of Honor” for 2016.

In April 2015, Chef Schenardi was presented with the Paolo Bertani Award for his Italian culinary achievements by the Italian Academy of Cuisine and IFSE. During a trip to Italy this summer, Chef Schenardi was able to discuss collaborating with IFSE and Raffaele Trovato, the school’s director. “I’m very excited to bring the IFSE professionals to Ravello and have our guests and local residents take part in a truly authentic Italian experience,” says Schenardi. “Raffaele Trovoto is one of the most highly regarded instructors and mentors, and I am looking forward to having him bring his talents to Four Seasons Resort Orlando.”

The three-day event will include Trovoto and other IFSE members, and will begin with a welcome tasting of imported Italian extra virgin olive oils with housemade breads, a decadent appetiser buffet, and wine tasting. Day two consists of a five-course Italian feast in Ravello and a dessert party in Capa; and a pop-up Italian Market will be offered Thursday through Sunday, to feature imported olive oils, wines, and housemade Italian pastries and desserts, from Chef Fabrizio's bomboloni and biscotti to his housemade limocello and gelato. Visitors to the Italian Market can purchase these delicacies to-go, or can purchase and enjoy on property. A special Italian coffee lounge will feature delicious lattes, cappuccinos and more, to be enjoyed on the gorgeous outdoor terrace. Complimentary classes will also be offered to Resort guests and to the public.


Event Details

For all of the dining events, space is limited; guests must reserve their spot accordingly via the Eventbrite page.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Class: Introduction to Italian Olive Oils and Wines

5:00 to 6:00 pm
Ravello Demonstration Kitchen

This complimentary class provides an opportunity to learn about the different olive oil varietals and how to identify defects and positive attributes in both the oils and wines.

Italian Olive Oil and Wine Tasting with Appetiser Buffet

6:00 to 9:00 pm
Ravello Demonstration Kitchen and Terrace
USD 35 per person (tax and gratuity are included)

Taste unique wines from Piedmont, Italy, and enjoy a delicious buffet of Italian appetisers and an assortment of imported olive oils with fresh baked breads.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Class: Introduction to Italian Olive Oils and Wines

6:00 to 7:00 pm
Ravello Demonstration Kitchen

This complimentary class provides an opportunity to learn about the different olive oil varietals and how to identify defects and positive attributes in both the oils and wines.

Italian Feast - Five-Course Dinner

7:00 to 9:00 pm
Ravello (note, weather permitting, this dinner will be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace of Ravello)
USD 175 per person (tax and gratuity are included)

Experience a decadent Italian feast that will transport attendees to feel as if they’re in Piemonte, Italy for the night. Featuring housemade pastas, gourmet breads and olive oils, and the exclusive white Alba truffle from Italy, this dinner will be a memorable experience. In Italy, throughout the month of October, the White Truffle Festival is one of the oldest Italian truffle festivals that remains widely attended year after year. Following the dinner, guests will delight in a Dessert Party held in a private dining room at the Resort's rooftop restaurant, Capa. Indulge with Italian desserts such as tiramisu and cannoli, an Italian coffee bar, and housemade gelato served from the Resort’s whimsical custom gelato bike. Conclude the evening with a Spumante Metodo Classico toast and the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display, viewed from the Capa terrace.

Italian Dessert Party

9:00 to 10:30 pm
USD 25 per person (note, the Dessert Party is included for those who purchase a ticket to the Italian Feast)

Enjoy an indulgent dessert buffet of Italian delights, such as tiramisu and cannoli, and an Italian coffee bar. Conclude the evening with a Spumante Metodo Classico toast and the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display, viewed from the Capa terrace.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Coffee Class

11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ravello Demonstration Kitchen

Learn how to make savory dishes featuring Italian coffee at this complimentary class.

"Il Mercato Italiano" Italian Marketplace

Thursday October 27 - Sunday, October 30, 2016

6:00 to 9:00 pm

Stop by the Ravello Demonstration Kitchen, transformed into Il Mercato Italiano. The marketplace will feature imported olive oils, wines, and more for sale, in addition to housemade Italian pastries and desserts, from Chef Fabrizio's bomboloni and biscotti to his housemade limocello and gelato. Visitors to the Italian Market can purchase these delicacies to-go, or can purchase and dine on property. An Italian coffee lounge will feature delicious lattes, cappuccinos and more, and Giuso ice cream will be available as well, perfect to enjoy on the gorgeous outdoor terrace.

This is a non-ticketed event guests can come in at leisure each night to shop and enjoy.

October 14, 2016

New Holiday Show Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios


Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! celebrates the season with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — An all-new nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 14, sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.

The facade of the Chinese Theater comes alive with the merriment, music and sparkle of the Walt Disney World Resort 2016 holiday season. On, above and around the theater are state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and even snow. Adding to the immersive experience is a new musical score featuring familiar holiday tunes with an original twist. It’s a holiday show that couldn’t be more merry and bright.

It’s also a cranberry-red situation for elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” as the duo leads a top-notch team on a search-and-rescue mission for Santa.

Snowy fun and holiday cheer set to the twinkling tunes of the season bring together holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” – even a journey into Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

A special message from Santa Claus will cap off this unforgettable spectacular for the whole family.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31, adding a sparkling finale to any holiday visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Dessert Parties Make the Holidays Even Sweeter
More holiday cheer is in store for guests who book a new dessert party that will be offered nightly during the show’s run. The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Party features holiday inspired snacks, decadent desserts and specialty beverages in the courtyard of the Chinese Theater.

Beginning one hour before each performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, the party is $69 for adults, and $39 for children, including all taxes and gratuities.

More Holiday Cheer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
During the holiday season, “Tinsel Town” takes on a completely different kind of meaning at this theme park that celebrates the magic of movies and television. A giant Christmas tree towers over the main entrance, holiday displays capture the imagination, and colorful garlands and lights sparkle.

In the spirit of bygone days and Old St. Nick visits to great department stores across the country, guests can share their wish list with him at the Once Upon a Time shop, a vintage setting along Sunset Boulevard.

To learn more about holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort or to book a vacation, guests can visit, contact their travel agent, or call (407) 934-7639.

Princess Elena of Avalor to Appear at Princess Fairytale Hall

Beginning November 24, Princess Elena of Avalor -- the first Disney princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures -- will begin to greet guests alongside other royal friends at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom.

At Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can choose between a meeting with Elena and Cinderella or a visit with Rapunzel and Tiana. You can make FastPass+ arrangements for dates that include Elena appearances starting today, October 14.

Princess Elena of Avalor first made her grand debut at Magic Kingdom back in August, with Cinderella officially welcoming her to the kingdom in “The Princess Elena Royal Welcome” show. This show will be performed several times a day on the Castle Forecourt Stage throughout the fall. You can catch a video of the show below:

Source: The Disney Parks Blog

October 13, 2016

Cruise Critic Names Disney Cruise Line Best for Families and Dining in 2016 Editors’ Picks Awards


CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2016) - Cruise Critic®, a leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has named the winners of its 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, citing Disney Cruise Line as the “Best for Families” and “Best for Dining.”

Awards were selected by Cruise Critic's global team of experts who cover the cruise industry extensively throughout the year, and use their combined knowledge to select the award winners. For more information and a full list of Editors’ Pick Awards winners, visit

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry praising all aspects of the operation. For additional information on Disney Cruise Line honors, photos, and videos visit Disney Cruise Line Public Affairs.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, contact a travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit

October 12, 2016

Celebrate Halloween at STK Orlando!

Head to Disney Springs as STK Orlando will be hosting "Yelloween," its first Halloween bash on October 31.

Looking for a fun night out on Halloween?

Don't want to deal with crazy Downtown Orlando parking?

Guests will enjoy at two hour open bar, lite bites, drinks specials, live DJ and more!

To purchase tickets visit: or call 407-917-7440.

October 11, 2016

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons Celebrates 25 Years of Making Dreams Come True


New Wedding Options, Princess Dresses and Accessories Kick-Off a Yearlong Anniversary Celebration Marking 25 Years of Magic.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, the global brand synonymous with creating wedding and honeymoon dreams come to life, is celebrating its 25th anniversary during a 12-month celebration.

Since 1991, the expert team at Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has helped to create and execute fantasy engagements, weddings and honeymoons, delivering everything couples may dream about for an unforgettable event. Couples may choose from a variety of magical settings and destinations around the world, including theme parks, breathtaking beaches and grand ballrooms.

In honor of 25 years of making couples' dreams come true, enchanting new products, experiences and fashion will roll out as part of this yearlong celebration, including:

-- A new wedding experience that offers the ultimate fairy tale come true – an after-hours wedding in Magic Kingdom Park. This exclusive experience allows couples to wed in a private ceremony at Cinderella Castle, followed by an enchanted reception filled with dancing and world-class entertainment. This customized evening affair is the latest addition to the Wishes Collection.

-- All-new princess wedding gowns inspired by the unique styles of Mulan and Pocahontas. The arrival of the new dresses will mark the first time brides everywhere will have the chance to wed in attire inspired by any of the 11 Disney princesses.

-- Two anniversary collection bridal gowns adorned with glittering crystals, recently announced at bridal fashion week, draw inspiration from two of Disney's most iconic princesses, Cinderella and Belle.

-- New custom tiaras, designed exclusively for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings in celebration of 25 years of fairy tales, were created by the Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry Collection. The design of these two headpieces mirrors the look and style of the matching Belle- and Cinderella-themed dresses.

"At Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons we've helped make countless couples' dreams come true," said Korri McFann, Marketing Director for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. "As we celebrate 25 years of love, magic and happily ever after, we wanted to craft new offerings that would help make this our most enchanted year to date. From wearing a dress fit for a princess to walking down the aisle culminating in a beautifully lit castle of dreams, we've found more ways than ever before to make fantasy a reality."

NFL Pro Bowl Activities Coming to WDW


Come January, the big question in Orlando will be “are you ready for some NFL football?” And the answer will be a crowd cheering ‘yes!’ The 2017 NFL Pro Bowl is coming to Orlando. And Walt Disney World Resort is excited to be part of the team hosting the Pro Bowl 5K Run, a celebratory parade featuring Pro Bowlers in Magic Kingdom Park and team practices at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All leading up to the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium.

Score a Touchdown in the Pro Bowl 5K Run

The race will take place the last weekend in January. Put on your favorite football jersey, grab the family, and go for the end zone that’s just 5,468 yards away! It’s football fun for the entire family as you run through the spectacular Walt Disney World Resort. And there will be plenty of entertainment and memory-making moments along the way!

NFL Action at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The official practice site of the Pro Bowl will be the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Everyone is invited to come out and catch their favorite Pro Bowl players in practices on the field. Pro Bowlers will also be able to honor their former high school football or Pop Warner coach by inviting them to the game. Each member of the winning Pro Bowl team will earn a grant from the NFL Foundation to aid in the development of programs at their former high schools.

Pro Bowl Parade and Football Festivities

It will be a magic-filled afternoon as everyone’s favorite Pro Bowlers join Mickey and his pals in a celebratory parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park. Then, join the fun at Disney Springs, Disney’s newest entertainment, shopping and dining destination, for even more Pro Bowl excitement.

Mark your calendar now and get ready for some football, festivities, and plenty of family fun during the week-long celebration! Registration for the Pro Bowl 5K Run and tickets for the Pro Bowl will be available beginning October 25. Check out for more information.

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