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August 23, 2016

Planet Hollywood Joins Forces with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri

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Planet Hollywood's New "Guy" to Develop A Specialty Sandwich Menu for America's Iconic Celebrity-Themed Restaurant

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Planet Hollywood, America's preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, announced today that dynamic chef, restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri will introduce a flavor-packed burger and sandwich menu as part of their larger menu offerings for the transformed Orlando flagship location, set to reopen this fall as the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs. Repeatedly at the forefront of industry trends, Robert Earl, the entrepreneur, restaurateur and star of the Cooking Channel's "Robert Earl's Be My Guest®," reached out to Fieri because of their shared passion for food. In addition to the section designed by Fieri, the Planet Hollywood Observatory will soon reveal the entire new menu featuring a wide variety of offerings and bold flavors.

"Guy Fieri has created an impressive culinary empire and has built an incredible TV following with several food-themed shows, so it was a no-brainer to invite him to create a special menu for Planet Hollywood Observatory. This partnership only furthers our commitment to refresh our guest experience while continuing to offer freshly-prepared, pleasing dishes," said Planet Hollywood International Founder and Chairman Robert Earl.

Fieri, a chef, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, has brought his signature blend of authentic-meets-surprising flavors to new dishes such as the Prime Time American Kobe-Inspired Burger and the Turkey Pic-a-nic Sandwich, a perfect accompaniment to Planet Hollywood's creamy hand-dipped milkshakes. The menu will also feature new over-the-top creations that will have guests craving more after the first bite.

"It's awesome to be working with Robert Earl and the Planet Hollywood Team," states Fieri. "For the Planet Hollywood Observatory, I'm bringing a big time burger and sandwich menu with real deal flavors for everyone."

Opening this fall, the Planet Hollywood Observatory is centrally located and will overlook the heart of Disney Springs with a newly expanded outdoor terrace and bar. Within the sophisticated entertainment emporium, patrons of all ages will be invited to "Dine Amongst the Stars" through distinctive indoor and outdoor bar and lounge options, an imaginative new merchandise line, and a host of all-star celebrity collaborations.

New dining options will highlight Planet Hollywood's timeless classics and introduce Fieri's updated creations. A curated beverage program will feature a variety of milkshakes, smoothies, wines, bottled and draft beers, as well as cocktails served in specialty glassware to cater to the needs of all guests, from groups with small children to young adults and seniors. Spacious dining rooms ensure comfort for family meals while various bar spaces set the mood for a perfect date.

The exterior will be reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century observatory with a modern design aesthetic, while the interior's refurbished upholstery, spherical planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers.

August 22, 2016

AP Days at Disney California Adventure Park

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Fun-filled activities and special offerings for Annual Passholders
every day from September 6-October 2 at Disney California Adventure Park

Visit Disney California Adventure Park during AP Days—and enjoy magical festivities as our honored Guest!

Join us September 6 through October 2, 2016 at Stage 12 in Hollywood Land and the Paradise Garden Gazebo as Disney California Adventure Park hosts play days filled with fun surprises and special events created especially for Annual Passholders!

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

-- A complimentary button series created for Annual Passholders—with a new button each Monday! (while supplies last)
-- Complimentary recipe cards, distributed at Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
-- Wonderful merchandise at Seaside Souvenirs and the Studio Store on Hollywood Blvd., including an Annual Passholders t-shirt with special AP Days art and Annual Passholder pins, water bottles and lanyards, while supplies last
-- Be surprised by an occasional visit of Disney Characters inside Stage 12
-- A red carpet photo op at the Paradise Garden Gazebo
-- Family-friendly activities including presentations by Disney experts and color/crafting activities for kids
-- Fun, self-guided activities
-- Special activities for Annual Passholders and much more!

When arriving at the park, consult the Times Guide, look for informative signs or ask a Cast Member for more information about all available events and offers!

Know Before You Go

-- Some event offerings have limited capacity and may be subject to queues or early closure.
-- Valid Annual Pass is required for all Guests entering an AP Days event’s venue/offering. Photo ID may be required.
-- Theme park admission is not included. Please check Annual Passports for applicable blockout dates.
-- Parking is not included. Standard parking fees apply.
-- Contact us at (714) 781-PASS or (714) 781-7277 with any questions.

August 16, 2016

GoGo Squeez Becomes Official Applesauce Of Walt Disney World Resort And Disneyland Resort

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Leading all-natural 100 percent fruit in a pouch to be offered at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, and GoGo squeeZ® will be a sponsor of runDisney Kids Races, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations

NEW YORK and ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoGo squeeZ®, the leading brand of 100 percent fruit in a pouch, today announced it has been named the Official Applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. GoGo squeeZ's applesauce pouches will be available in locations throughout both resorts.

Since its launch in June 2008, GoGo squeeZ has been committed to providing families with all-natural on-the-go snacks. GoGo squeeZ has proven that it is possible for on-the-go snacks to be made with simple, natural ingredients that are nutritious and delicious, allowing kids to squeeZ more goodness into each day — even while on vacation!

"At GoGo squeeZ, we make it easier for kids and families to be a little healthier and happier every day, and there is no better place to do that than at Disney Parks,'" said Bill Graham, President, Materne North America Corp., the maker of GoGo squeeZ pouches. "With our delicious and nutritious applesauce squeezers, we're delighted to provide families with some 'Goodness on the Go' as they enjoy their Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort experience."

In addition to availability throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, GoGo squeeZ is a sponsor of several events held at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort where GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches may be sampled. GoGo squeeZ is the presenting sponsor of all runDisney Kids Races, a fun way to engage kids early in healthy activities as part of Disney's race weekends. GoGo squeeZ is also a sponsor of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and of all Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations, an annual influential blogger conference.

"Families are always on the go when visiting Disney Parks and Resorts, and we're delighted to team up with GoGo SqueeZ to provide this convenient and healthy snack option for our guests," said Cathy Cline, vice president, Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants.

Celebrate Disney PhotoPass Day August 19th

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On Friday, August 19, PhotoPass teams at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will celebrate the art and fun of photography at Disney Parks through the first-ever #DisneyPhotoPassDay, a one-day celebration that will feature exciting offerings and experiences for guests.

Special Character Experiences At Magic Kingdom Park & Epcot

Enjoy special character experiences at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, where Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture your encounter with Pinocchio, Gideon and Foulfellow in Storybook Circus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At Epcot, a friend or foe will join some of your favorite Disney characters around World Showcase, including Mushu and Mulan in the China Pavilion; Snow White and Dopey in the Germany Pavilion; and the Queen of Hearts, who will join Alice in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Check the My Disney Experience app or the Epcot Times Guide on August 19 for these Disney characters’ schedule.

Complimentary Photo Locations at All Disney Parks & Disney Springs

There will be one location at each of the four theme parks (and Disney Springs) at the Walt Disney World Resort and at both parks at Disneyland Resort where a Disney PhotoPass photographer will capture your special moment. That photo will be available in the My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland app at Disneyland Resort to download and share at no charge as part of the #DisneyPhotoPassDay celebration. (Normal My Disney Experience registration is required to access the image). Check out Disney’s PhotoPass Service Facebook page on Tuesday for a list of participating photo locations.

Participate in a Disney PhotoPass Challenge

Complete a Disney PhotoPass Challenge at any of our parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to get a Disney PhotoPass photo on us. All you need to do is get your photo taken by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer at each of the designated challenge locations on August 19. Once you’ve stopped by all of the locations, visit a Disney PhotoPass Sales Center to claim your Disney PhotoPass photo. At the Walt Disney World Resort, participants will receive a voucher for one Disney PhotoPass download. Participants at Disneyland Resort will receive one 5×7 print of a Disney PhotoPass photo. Challenge locations and details will be posted on the Disney’s PhotoPass Service Facebook page on Wednesday.


(Note: All theme park offerings are included in park admission and any character experiences are subject to change).

Two New Holiday Event Packages Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

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Groups can Celebrate the Season with a Festive Catered Experience

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Available just in time for the 2016 holiday season, groups can now enjoy two new event offerings at Walt Disney World Resort including the Winter Wonderland Escape package available at Disney's Contemporary Resort and the Holiday Memories offering available at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. From gatherings of family and friends to corporate and social groups, it has never been easier to celebrate the holidays -- with a touch of Disney magic.

Available December 2 through December 29, the new event packages include immersive theming and specially designed menus offering an affordable way for teams, organizations or families to experience the wonder of the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center, guests will enter an elegant ballroom and find themselves transported into a world of snow-capped evergreens and larger-than-life snowflakes through the Winter Wonderland Escape package. Available for groups of 20 to 200 guests, the customizable holiday experience offers lunch and dinner menus featuring festive holiday fare such as Herb Panko-Crusted North Atlantic Cod, Turkey Meatballs tossed with Maple-Granny Smith Apple Gastrique and Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake.

Classic holiday merriment abounds through the Holiday Memories package at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center where guests will be immersed in a classic atmosphere featuring red, green and gold tables decorated with assorted ornaments and flickering candlelight. Lighting projections will illuminate the walls with holiday gifts, candy canes and holly, adding a joyful tone. Available for groups of 20 to 80 guests, this holiday event offers lunch and dinner menus featuring festive bites such as Carved Maple-Glazed Turkey with Thyme Jus, Mama's Pot Roast with Pan Gravy and a variety of holiday dessert selections.

Pricing for both event options start at $45 inclusive* per person** for lunch and $70 inclusive* per person** for dinner. Additional enhancements are available to customize event experiences including culinary action stations with renowned Disney chefs, festive performances by a string trio or small group of carolers, or an appearance by a beloved Disney character such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in their best holiday attire.

In addition to these exciting new event offerings, guests can also enjoy other seasonal activities available at Walt Disney World Resort including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party available select nights at Magic Kingdom Park or the popular Candlelight Processional at Epcot. ***

These affordable new holiday event packages are just two of many customizable options available at Walt Disney World Resort, offering unique locations, décor, culinary experiences, group activities and character appearances. With more than 700,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Walt Disney World Resort also features four theme parks, two night nighttime entertainment districts, three championship golf courses, world-class spas and endless recreation opportunities for meeting attendees and their guests.

To learn more about hosting a Disney holiday event visit www.disneymeetings.com or call 321-939-7129.

*Includes tax and service fees.
**Minimum of 20 attendees required.
***Valid Theme Park admission or special event ticket required. Events and dates are subject to change.

August 15, 2016

Destination D: Amazing Adventures Adds James Cameron, Jon Landau, Bob Chapek to Event Roster

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Additional panels include an exclusive look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, Tales from the Jungle Cruise, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s 45th Anniversary, happening November 19 and 20 at Walt Disney World Resort

BURBANK, Calif. — August 18, 2016 — The roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. AVATAR creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora - The World of AVATAR, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Plus, Moana screenwriter Jared Bush (co-writer/co-director Zootopia) will be on hand to provide guests an exclusive advance look at the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated feature.

Cameron, Landau, and Chapek join previously announced Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter; Walt Disney Imagineers Rohde, Chris Merritt, Jason Grandt, and Wyatt Winter; producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast); and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline. The event, exclusively for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, celebrates landmarks of the past, present, and future, from the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean to the planet of Pandora.

The Walt Disney Archives will present a special exhibit created exclusively for the event: Walt’s Great Adventures, featuring photographs, props, and models that showcase Walt Disney’s personal voyages, including his trip to South America in 1941, as well as some of his most memorable creations for television, film, and theme parks, such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Additionally, during the weekend, guests will be among the first to see the new Ethan Allen | Disney home furnishing line in person.

Additional D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentations announced include:

• Welcome to Adventureland: Set off on a journey through “Adventurelands” at Disney Parks around the world, beginning with a rare look at artist Harper Goff’s exotic concepts for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

• Tales from the Jungle Cruise: Fans of “the backside of water” unite! Discover the legendary history of the world-famous attraction with a panel of wisecracking experts, including a behind-the-scenes look at recent holiday overlays and the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

• Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s 45th Anniversary: From tropical hideaways to enchanting entertainment, celebrate the spirit of aloha as D23 looks back at 45 years of the classic South Pacific-themed getaway.

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets, currently on sale, are $190 each for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Tickets are also available to D23 General Members for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift created exclusively for the event, and attendees are guaranteed seats at all panels and presentations. Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, returns with a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, apparel, and collectibles themed to the event.

Further details about the program and tickets for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney can be found at D23.com/Events. Additional details about the schedule will be shared in the coming months.

Events and talent are subject to change.

August 14, 2016

Four Summer Sand Sculpting Tips from a Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Sandtastic Weekends Professional

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Four tips for novices to create sand sculptures like the pros this summer

Professional sand sculptor participating in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Sandtastic Weekends shares his top tips

Building a sand castle on the beach is a classic summer family activity. For those who are a tired of the standard castle and moat, there are some simple tips and tricks the experts use that can help anyone develop their sand sculpting skills and impress their friends and family.

Mark Mason is the owner of Team Sandtastic, a professional sand sculpting team recognized as one of the best in the world. They’ve won numerous competitions and hold the world record for the tallest sand castle ever hand built. From August 26 – Sept 4, their work will be on display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort as part of Sandtastic Weekends.

Even if you’re not planning to go pro, Mason offers the following simple tricks to take your sand sculpting to the next level:

Make the most of household items

You likely already own most of the best sand sculpting tools available. They are common household goods that can typically be found in your garage and your kitchen. In the garage look for a 2-foot section of a 2”x4”, small paint brushes and gardening spade shovels. In the kitchen, look for spatulas, melon ballers, cake icing spreaders, measuring spoons, straws and wooden shish kabob spears. All of these are great carving tools.

Use a bigger bucket

If you want a bigger sculpture, you’ll need a bigger bucket. Those plastic children’s sand buckets offer the right idea – put sand inside a bucket and turn it upside to start your sculpture – however they aren’t nearly big enough to get a good starting block to carve. Instead, take a 5-gallon bucket and cut the bottom out. Filled with sand, the bucket would be too heavy to flip. But with the bottom removed, you can pack it with sand from the bottom up once you place it upside down in the sand.

Sand consistency is important

As you pack your sand, be mindful of the consistency. The sand should be wet, but not too soupy and not too dry. Pack in the sand 3 inches at a time, tamping it down with the 2”x4” piece to make sure it is packed in tightly. Keep adding sand 3 inches at a time until you’ve filled your bucket. If your sand consistency is good, you should be able to tap the sides of the bucket with your piece of wood and remove the bucket to have your starting sand block.

Tell a story

As you decide what to create, remember that creating a collage of several shapes is easier and more interesting than holding yourself to one shape. Instead of a person saying, "It's a dog," try to get them to say, "It's a dog that's dug a hole where a you can see a snake has been because there's a snake coming out of a hole on the other side of the plot and it's biting at the dog's tail."

Visitors can watch the pros and learn tips directly from Team Sandtastic as part of Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Aug 26 -28 and Sept. 4 – 6. The event will feature 100 tons of sculpted sand, sand sculpting clinics, amateur sculpting contests, speed sculpting demonstrations, food, entertainment, games and more. For more information, visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.

August 12, 2016

New Disneyland Resort Eastern Gateway Coming in 2018

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Disneyland Resort is planning to break ground on an Eastern Gateway, a new arrival point that will provide guests even more choices for access and parking when it opens in late 2018. This project on the east side of the Disneyland Resort will include a new parking structure with 6,800 spaces, a new transportation facility and an elevated pedestrian bridge.

The largest infrastructure project in the Anaheim resort area in the last 20 years, the Eastern Gateway will make it even easier to get to the Happiest Place on Earth by providing an east-side entry point to the Anaheim resort area. The new transportation facility will be the arrival point for buses, taxis, bicycles and various shuttles that currently use the existing transportation facility located on the west side of Harbor Boulevard. The new pedestrian pathway and elevated bridge over Harbor Blvd. will directly link guests arriving at the parking structure and eastern transportation facility with the main entrance plaza.

Source: Disney Parks Blog, August 11, 2016.

August 11, 2016

ABC's Emmy-Nominated "black-ish" to Film at Walt Disney World

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BURBANK, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2016) – ABC’s critically acclaimed hit series “black-ish” will film on location at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In the episode, titled “VIP,” Dre decides to take his entire family on the magical, first-class vacation experience he was never able to have as a kid. The episode is set to film this month and will air in the fall.

“I’m excited to return to Walt Disney World, this time to film with my TV family of ‘black-ish’ in hopes of creating some of the same lasting memories I shared with my very own family when we visited the resort,” said two-time Emmy nominee Anthony Anderson, executive producer and star of “black-ish.”

“VIP” will feature the Johnson family visiting all four parks at Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jim Rash guest stars as Cody, the VIP tour guide that Dre hires to ensure his family has the most magical experience possible.

“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens.

“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins and Corey Nickerson. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

August 10, 2016

Main Street Electrical Parade Ends Run at Walt Disney World On October 9

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Heads to Disneyland Resort for a Limited Time

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom Park’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9 and then head to Disneyland Resort for a limited-time encore engagement.

Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

Keep in mind that Main Street Electrical Parade is not offered on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Check for the latest parade dates and times on WaltDisneyWorld.com or in the My Disney Experience app.

Over at Disneyland, “Paint the Night” parade will continue nightly performances, just before “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, through September 5 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The popular parade will return on select nights during the holiday season later this year. Be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar at Disneyland.com for performance dates and times.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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