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August 26, 2014

Discovery Cove extends exclusive fall offer to Florida residents

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Special rate provides unlimited admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ through January 31, 2015, ensuring a fun-filled, action-packed experience.

ORLANDO, Florida (August 25, 2014) – Florida residents do not have to travel far to discover the No. 1 amusement park in the world, according to the *2014 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice Awards™. Just in time for Labor Day weekend, Floridians can take advantage of an exclusive offer on a getaway where they can immerse themselves in an unforgettable day at Discovery Cove in Orlando swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and dozens of rays while also encountering curious marmosets and hand-feeding exotic birds.

Available now through December 2014, the all-inclusive day resort offers a Dolphin Swim Day Resort package for $219 plus tax and a Day Resort package without the dolphin swim experience, for $149 plus tax.

Plus, for an additional $49, guests can enhance their day by adding SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where participants will feel right at home under the sea surrounded by thousands of tropical fish and rays and get up close to sharks.

Residents also receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, through January 31, 2015, where they can enjoy upcoming family-friendly events like SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular® and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration®. For the first time ever, guests can also embark on an adventure to Busch Gardens® Tampa for a $25 package upgrade. Unlimited park admission is also available through January 31, 2015.

This fall, guests can celebrate Halloween each weekend in October, starting Oct. 4, with SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular featuring trick-or-treating, dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish, creating sea-themed arts and crafts and seeing amazing animals, all included with park admission. The event runs through Oct. 26.

During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration waves of holiday spirit splash over the park while carols fill the air, a sparkling Sea Of Trees lights up the water and skaters dance on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. The event takes place select dates Nov. 22 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Across the street from Discovery Cove is Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, offering everything from high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and remarkable animal habitats. All-new is Ihu’s Breakaway Falls™, where guests can brave a watery free-fall on Orlando’s the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide.

Guests who upgrade their package to visit Busch Gardens® Tampa are in store for the ultimate adventure. Now open, Falcon’s Fury™ is North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower at 335 feet. Like its bird of prey namesake, at the ride’s highest point, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a facedown dive position. An instant later, they’ll plunge 60 mph straight down.

Proof of valid Florida residency is required. For more information or to book a reservation visit DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268.

August 25, 2014

Villains' Sinister Soiree at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Beginning today, August 25th, you can add a new $99 experience to go with your ticket for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: Villain’s Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle.

Lady Tremaine takes over Cinderella’s Royal Table after everyone has gone to bed, and she’s invited some of the most evil friends and special guests for a decadent dessert party (maybe you’ll see the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil or Dr. Facilier?).

Lady Tremaine will welcome guests, and her personal piano player provides live music. (She’ll sing a few haunting solos while guests enjoy the delicious desserts inspired by the villains.)

Cost is $99 ages 3 and older, plus tax (gratuity included). Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required – this is a separate ticketed event not included in Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets for the soiree are limited and reservations recommended! Call 407-939-5262 – no online reservations.

Your ticket includes:

Preferred Viewing for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade

Watch the Headless Horseman lead off the parade on a hair-raising ride, followed by a collection of frightful floats and some of your favorite Disney Characters in Halloween costumes.

Preferred Viewing for HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular

The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion and some of the most notorious Disney Villains light up the sky to wicked remixes of their favorite songs.

Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Lady Tremaine shares her musical talents while you enjoy themed desserts, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment and visits from some of your favorite Disney villains. Each guest gets an autograph card and souvenir Maleficent dragon cup.

August 21, 2014

Villains Unleashed - Important Details to Know

Tips for making the most of the Villains Unleashed Event


Vehicle Entry and Parking
– Guests arriving by car for Villains Unleashed should come through the Main Auto Plaza, the south entrance located off US-192 and World Drive. The satellite entrance (across from the Hess station) will be closed for this event.

Arrive Early – The party starts at 8 p.m., but guests with an event ticket can enter the park as early as 5 p.m.

Event Guide – Pick up an Event Guide for show times and details on which characters can be found in different areas.

Kick Off The Party At Hades Hangout – The fun begins at 8 p.m. at Hades Hangout as he summons the villains for the night’s festivities.

Meet Characters – Villains available for character greetings will have established queues with posted appearance times. There will be separate queues for each villain, so you can be sure of meeting the one you want. Characters will NOT be signing autographs but will be handing out special autographed cards.

Guardians of the Galaxy - be sure to duck into Stage 5 in the Animation Courtyard with your fellow Terrans, where the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party promises to be the hottest spot this side of Knowhere with an out-of-this-world DJ and other surprises. Plus, you never know when Star-Lord and his infamous teammate, Gamora, might crash the party to retrieve his prized cassette!

Fantasmic! – Arrive early so you don’t miss the pre-show with the Night Crawlers (starts at 9:35 p.m.).


Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show
– Four showings during the night at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. (Some content may be too intense for young children.)

See Special Fireworks – “Villainy in the Sky” starts at 12:45 a.m. Excellent viewing is available in front of the Sorcerer Hat, and all along Hollywood Blvd.


August 18, 2014

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Birth of Endangered Gorilla

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 15, 2014 – As they follow the path that winds along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may get a glimpse of one of nature’s most endearing sights – a newborn male gorilla cuddling with his mother. Born Aug. 7 to mother Azizi and father Gino, the healthy infant has already become an integral member of his family group, which includes two other adult females, Kashata and Benga and a four-year-old female named Lilly.

Members of the primate team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are closely watching mother and baby to ensure Azizi is adapting to her maternal duties, such as properly holding the baby and keeping up with his demanding nursing schedule. Most gorilla mothers keep their offspring close for several months as the infants adjust to their environment. Gorillas are typically weaned between the ages of four and five, but begin to eat solids between two to six months.

“We’re pleased with the way Azizi is bonding with her baby and meeting his needs,” said Jay Therien, Animal Operations Manager for Disney’s Animal Programs. ”As we work to maintain the population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas, healthy babies like this little guy are critical to the survival of his species.”

The new baby, which is yet to be named, is the fourth gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan, which manages genetic diversity among species through detailed records of individual animals. The first gorilla birth at Disney’s Animal Kingdom occurred in 1997 before the park opened, the second baby arrived in 1999 and the third was born in 2010.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom also participates in AZA Species Survival Plans for animals including elephants, cotton-top tamarins and okapi. Aside from breeding activities, Disney’s Animal Programs team remains active in gorilla conservation in other areas. The team currently:

-- Provides staff expertise for the first rescue and rehabilitation center in eastern Africa for orphaned gorillas. Designed to ultimately reintroduce gorillas back into the wild, the effort is supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which has provided more than $24 million to conservation efforts around the globe since it started in 1995.

-- Innovated a training technique developed by the Disney’s Animal Kingdom team that monitors gorillas’ heart health by administering cardiac ultrasound exams on fully alert gorillas.

GORILLA FACTS:

Gorillas are the largest of all primates, standing 5-6 feet tall and weighing up to 450 lbs.

After a pregnancy of nearly nine months, female gorillas give birth to one infant that typically weighs just four pounds. After birth, infant gorillas cling to their mothers’ fur for the first several months, then ride on their mothers’ backs from through the first two or three years of life.

In the wild, western lowland gorillas are found in lowland tropical rainforests throughout western Africa.

The gorilla habitat in Africa is quickly disappearing due to the mining of coltan, a mineral used to make batteries for electronics. Recycling cell phones or laptops may contribute to gorilla conservation.

August 12, 2014

PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

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New Disney-themed jewelry to debut in November 2014

PANDORA to sponsor Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park and Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

(August 12, 2014) PANDORA Jewelry and The Walt Disney Company announced a new strategic alliance today. According to the Disney Parks Blog and the PANDORA Jewelry Press Release.....

"The new collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms will feature inspirations from some of Disney's most beloved characters. The initial launch, expected to roll out to PANDORA stores early November 2014, will include 25 different styles; an additional 16 styles will be sold at Disney merchandise locations, including the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The Disney collection from PANDORA will also be available in PANDORA stores throughout Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean in November. "

"Later this fall, select merchandise locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club properties and Disney Cruise Line ships will begin selling the collections. Additionally two Disney merchandise locations, Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and La Mascarade d 'Orleans in Disneyland Resort in California, will unveil unique retail installations, combining PANDORA's sleek aesthetic and Disney's creativity."

"The new collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms will feature inspirations from some of Disney's most beloved characters. The initial launch, expected to roll out to PANDORA stores early November 2014, will include 25 different styles; an additional 16 styles will be sold at Disney merchandise locations, including the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The Disney collection from PANDORA will also be available in PANDORA stores throughout Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean in November. "

About PANDORA
For more than 30 years, PANDORA has been making its mark in the international fine jewelry industry and is world-renowned for its high-quality, hand finished designs made from genuine materials at affordable prices. The collections inspire women to embrace their individuality with romantic and feminine pieces that capture the unforgettable moments of life.

New Halloween Card for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game

Ever since the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game debuted in early 2012, special cards have been issued for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and also Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

2014 is no different and today, the Disney Parks Blog revealed the card for this year's Halloween Party which begins on September 1st. The new card is the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

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The Pirate Helmsman’s Bombardment card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs). Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

In case you are wondering about the other special Halloween Cards, here they are:

2013 - The Haunted Mansion's Happy Haunting Grounds

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2012 - Chip and Dale's Bag of Tricks

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August 7, 2014

Frozen Summer Fun Extended!

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Extra Four Weeks Added to 'Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!' at Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla - The Frozen" fun of Arendelle won't melt away on Labor Day, as "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios has been extended through Sept. 28, 2014.

This popular special event was originally set to melt away September 1, but who says summer has to end on Labor Day? After all, it’s warm and sunny much of the year in Central Florida! Now Olaf – and many of you – will be pleased to hear that due to popular demand, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” is being extended through September 28!

You can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” for an additional four weeks. Most entertainment and other features will continue daily, while the “Frozen Fireworks” Spectacular will be presented each night through September 1 (with the exception of August 23), and then switch to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 5-28.

The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September.


RELATED LINKS:

Your Guide to All Things Frozen Summer Fun!

Frozen Summer Fun - Ins and Outs - Should you book the Premiere Package?

Big Hero 6 Characters Coming to Disney Parks this Fall

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“Big Hero 6,” is an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion"a robot named Baymax "Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

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Hiro and Baymax will be meeting Disney fans this fall at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World! Details not yet released.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

August 6, 2014

Tickets for D23 Expo Go On Sale August 14, 2014

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TICKETS FOR D23 EXPO 2015: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT, GO ON SALE THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

Early Bird Discounted Tickets Available for a Limited Time

D23 Members Enjoy Additional Savings and Member-Only Benefits

BURBANK, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history.

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2015 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2013, celebrity appearances included Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, with performances by Idina Menzel, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert with Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.


Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time
. From August 14–December 31, 2014, tickets are $61 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $52 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $268 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, an extremely limited number of D23 VIP Sorcerer Packages will once again be available. Based on fan feedback, even more benefits have been added this year including exclusive opportunities in the Walt Disney Imagineering pavilion and Mickey’s of Glendale.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:
• Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
• Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28
• Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag
• Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
• Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion
• Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
• Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
• Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
• Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
• A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
• Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
• Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest
• “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
• Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both Gold and Silver D23 Members at $2,000 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefits are highlighted at D23Expo.com.

D23 Gold and Silver Members are entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.

Visit D23Expo.com to relive some of the extraordinary experiences from the first three Expo events and get a peek at what’s to come in 2015.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts, and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

August 2, 2014

Into the Woods - New Trailer

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“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014. For more information, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods and follow us on Twitter: @DisneyPictures.

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