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September 1, 2009

Disney-Sponsored HBCU Football Game Provides Weekend of Activities in Central Florida

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Sept. 1, 2009 -- The Fifth Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3 with a fun-filled weekend of activities leading up to game day. The events include a career panel for local high school students followed by three separate competitions including an exciting match-up on the gridiron, a southern-style feast off the field and an entertaining performance on the stage.

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney pits South Carolina State University, the current defending champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), against Grambling State University, which is the 2008 title winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). This is the second consecutive year that the Florida Citrus Bowl has hosted the MEAC/SWAC football rivalry.

"We are excited to celebrate this rich college tradition that gives enthusiastic football fans from throughout the eastern seaboard another reason to visit Central Florida," said Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. "We are proud to sponsor this game as a way to not only support the African-American community and the 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Mid-Eastern and Southwestern Athletic Conferences, but also as an opportunity to grow this event into another highly ranked national football game that will have a positive economic impact on Central Florida."

The weekend highlights include:

Thursday, Sept. 3

* ESPN 101 Career Panel, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Approximately 600 local high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in sports and entertainment will attend the ESPN 101 High School Career Panel at the Disney-sponsored Boys & Girls Club in Pine Hills. Students from Edgewater, Evans, Jones, Oak Ridge, Wekiva and Ocoee High Schools will learn about the wide world of job opportunities within the sports business from a panel of industry professionals. This year's panelists include ESPN SportsCenter co-host Jay Harris; Robert Vowels, NCAA vice president of educational affairs; Gerald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers business development manager; Valerie Royal, manager of Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort, and more.

Friday, Sept. 4

* MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff Banquet, 8 p.m.

Disney's Hollywood Studios serves as the back drop for coaches, student-athletes, team representatives, community leaders and sponsors as they celebrate the Fifth Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney college football game. The highlight of the evening includes the presentation of the Walter Payton award, which will honor a deserving player from each school. This year's keynote speaker is Pro- Bowl Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow. SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris will emcee the banquet.

Saturday, Sept. 5

* Disney STEP Classic, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Disney STEP Classic offers a full day of exhilarating musical entertainment and choreography at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Dozens of high school and college teams from the eastern United States take center stage on Saturday to showcase their best step routines and compete for top prizes totaling $20,000 in cash and scholarships. The top three winners will be showcased on the Pre-Game Stage before the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney and will be recognized during halftime.
* Magic Music Days Performance, 2:45 p.m.

As part of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney "Fan Day," South Carolina State University's Marching Band will parade down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom just prior to Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.
* Legends Dinner, 6 p.m.

Several notable legends, including athletes and musicians from the MEAC and SWAC will be honored during an evening tribute to their legacy at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort. Grammy award-winning gospel artist Smokie Norful (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) and former NFL cornerback Everson Walls (Grambling State University) are among those who will be recognized.

Sunday, Sept. 6

* The Heart and Soul Tailgate, 10 a.m.
The Heart and Soul Tailgate party features the best in gospel talent, games, fun and food. Fans can start the day at McCracken Field, located just outside the Florida Citrus Bowl, with the best collard greens in the south from the winner of the Collard Green Cook-off along with soul food from some of the best restaurants in Central Florida.
* Fifth Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, 2 p.m.
This year's event features the MEAC's South Carolina State University against the SWAC's Grambling State University. The game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com. This will be the first time these two teams have met since 1994. The MEAC leads the series 3-1.
* Battle of the Bands - Florida Citrus Bowl (Halftime)
South Carolina State and Grambling State bands will hit the turf during half-time to entertain football fans with their innovative and upbeat routines in hopes of winning their own on-field battle.

Sponsoring this annual football game is part of Walt Disney World Resort's commitment to diversity and inclusion, which helps drive growth, creativity and innovation. Evidence of that commitment is seen through the company's involvement with such organizations as the FAMU Law School, Bethune Cookman's Hospitality College, Disney Entrepreneur Center, African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, Florida Minority Supplier Development Council and Hispanic Business Investment Fund of Florida.

2009 Disney Legends Award Recipients to be Honored during D23 Expo in Anaheim

Robin Williams, 'The Golden Girls,' and Other Talented Contributors to Disney History Take Spotlight at Special Presentation on Thursday, Sept. 10
Disney Legends Announced

BURBANK, Calif. - September 1, 2009 - Oscar™-winning actor Robin Williams, the extraordinary actresses of The Golden Girls, the voices of Donald Duck and Goofy, and other incomparable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored on Sept. 10 at the 2009 Disney Legends Awards during the D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Disney Legends Awards are a 22-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the four-day D23 EXPO provides a rare opportunity for the public to watch the awards presentation. The awards ceremony, hosted by ABC personality Tom Bergeron, will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. It directly follows a special, one-hour presentation by Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger that kicks off the first day of the D23 EXPO - which promises to be the ultimate Disney fan event.

"This year's recipients have had truly indelible influence on the Disney legacy," Iger said. "Whether on screen or behind the scenes, these 10 men and women have contributed their talents in countless ways, and we are very honored to name them as Disney Legends."

The 2009 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

TONY ANSELMO is a Disney animator who, since 1985, has provided the incomparable (and some would say inimitable) voice of Donald Duck in movies, cartoons, TV shows and theme-park attractions.

HARRY ARCHINAL is the former president of Buena Vista International, who helped expand Disney's cinematic presence into regions outside of the U.S. and Canada, bringing Disney movies to audiences around the world.

BEATRICE ARTHUR brought deadpan comic timing and enormous warmth to the role of Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, a role that brought her a second Emmy Award (in addition to an Emmy for Maude). She was also a Tony Award-winning stage actress and is in the Academy of Television Arts & Science's Hall of Fame. Note: This award is presented posthumously.

BILL FARMER is an accomplished voice actor whose enormous body of work has included providing the voice of Goofy since 1986. Farmer has also been the voice of Pluto and Horace Horsecollar for Disney productions.

ESTELLE GETTY was, in fact, younger than Beatrice Arthur but portrayed her mother, feisty Sophia Petrillo, in The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992. She received an Emmy Award for the role - which she reprised in Golden Palace and Empty Nest - and was nominated six additional times. Getty was one of the first recipients of the "In Memoriam" Tony Award for her Broadway stage work. Note: This award is presented posthumously.

DON IWERKS is the son of Walt Disney's longtime friend and animator Ub Iwerks. Don Iwerks worked at Disney from 1951 to 1986, and created revolutionary film systems that were used in movies like Mary Poppins (sodium traveling matte process) and in such Disney theme park attractions as "CircleVision 360" and "Star Tours."

RUE McCLANAHAN was honored with an Emmy Award for her hilariously lusty, warm-hearted role as Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, which she also repeated on Golden Palace. From 1972 to 1978, McClanahan played opposite Beatrice Arthur as Vivian on Maude, and also co-starred in Mama's Family. In addition to her renowned work on TV, on stage and in films, McClanahan is active in animal-rights, cancer and AIDS organizations.

LEOTA TOOMBS THOMAS was working at Walt Disney Imagineering (then WED Enterprises) when she served as a model for a new attraction called the Haunted Mansion. She soon became world-famous as the Mansion's disembodied Madame Leota. Note: This award is presented posthumously.

BETTY WHITE has become a television icon, especially for her role as slightly befuddled, always charming Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls - for which she received one of her six Emmy Awards. White has also been a key cast member in such hit TV shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Palace, The Practice and her own series, The Betty White Show. She has been seen in 19 films and has long supported many animal-rights organizations.

ROBIN WILLIAMS is the recipient of six Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Grammy Awards and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (1997). His unforgettable film work for Disney has included providing the voice of Genie in Aladdin and starring in Good Morning, Vietnam, and Dead Poets Society. He also appeared in the short film Back to Neverland at Disney theme parks. This fall, Williams stars with John Travolta in Old Dogs from Walt Disney Pictures.

Each honoree receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients also participate in a hand-print ceremony, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company's Burbank headquarters.

The first Disney Legend, actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), was named in 1987. Including this year's honorees, a total of 237 Disney Legends have been named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.

Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO and can be purchased for single days or for the full four days of festivities. Admission is $37 for a one-day adult ticket and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by following "Disney D23" at Twitter and on Facebook.

September 4, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 7

Gallery 7 Post-War Rebuilding: Mid-'40s to the early 1950s
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With the end of the war, Walt and Roy found inventive new outlets for animation and ventured into live-action production. They developed new package films for theaters that combined shorts and feature-length animated films, as well as movies that combined live action and animation. In addition, the Studio produced the enormously successful Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp, the studio's first wide-screen animated feature. Disney also produced his first live-action features, including Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

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Concept and animation art from Disney's films of the period will be prominently featured in this gallery, as well as artifacts from live-action movies, including an underwater camera used in the filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and works from Walt's extensive personal collection of miniatures.

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September 8, 2009

Jaeyung Hyung, of Las Cruces, N.M., Wins Fourth Annual Disneyland Half Marathon

Winner leads field of nearly 12,000 through Disneyland Resort and Streets of Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2009) - Jaeyung Hyung, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., celebrated his first-place finish at the fourth annual Disneyland Half Marathon Sunday, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:10:44 to lead the estimated field of nearly 12,000 participants.

"I really enjoyed running the race here," Hyung said. "There were so many people, and Disney made it a lot of fun."

Placing overall second was Benjamin Gomez-Gutierrez, 32, of Jalos, Mexico, with a time of 1:12:46. Dennis Hong, 17, of Chino Hills, Calif., finished third with a time of 1:13:10.

Mandy Grantz, 23, of Pasadena, Calif., celebrated as the women's champion with a time of 1:26:00. Grantz, a second-year graduate student at California Institute of Technology, was running her first Disneyland Half Marathon.

"I've never been the winner of any race before," Grantz said. "And I've never been to Disneyland before, so running through the parks was so much fun."

The women's second-place finisher was Stacy Schafer, 42, of Carlsbad, Calif., with a time of 1:26:32. Angela Bestwick, 33, of Las Vegas, Nev., took third place with a time of 1:28:06.

Kevin Broady, 47, of Orange, Calif., earned a notable Master's Division (age 40+) victory for the second year in a row and a fourth overall ranking with a time of 1:13:25. Edith Martinez, 41, of Brea, Calif., was named the top women's Master's Division finisher with a time of 1:27:33.

In the men's wheelchair division, Scott Parson, 50, of San Jose, Calif., crossed the finish line first with a time of 48:55. There were no participants in the women's wheelchair division this year.

Approximately 13,500 runners from 50 states and 13 countries registered for the magical 13.1-mile Disneyland Half Marathon this year, putting the race at full capacity. The field included first-time half marathoners as well as veteran runners. The course traveled through two Disneyland Resort theme parks and along Anaheim streets with landmarks such as the Honda Center and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, while Disney characters and festive entertainment inspired them along the way.

Runners who completed the half marathon received a commemorative Sleeping Beauty Castle medal, the signature medal of the Disneyland Half Marathon and one in the Disney's Endurance Series collection.

The second annual Coast to Coast Challenge Race medal was presented to approximately 1,751 runners who completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Disney's Princess Half Marathon this year at Walt Disney World Resort and then also completed the Disneyland Half Marathon. The Coast to Coast medal showcases the iconic "Partners Statue" of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 3-5, with the Half Marathon being held on Sunday, Sept. 5.

The Half Marathon is just one of 11 weekend events that make up the Disney's Endurance Series, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way "around the world." From running marathons to road races and triathlons, participating athletes at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes.

September 9, 2009

Crews Working Around the Clock to Get Ready For the Four-Day, First-Ever D23 EXPO, Sept. 10-13

THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT PREPARES TO GREET TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS

Crews Working Around the Clock to Get Ready
For the Four-Day, First-Ever D23 EXPO, Sept. 10-13

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - September 9, 2009 - In Hollywood, it's "lights, camera, action," but for crews preparing the first-ever D23 EXPO, the getting-ready checklist goes much deeper, and with just one day before the Anaheim Convention Center opens the doors to the first Expo guests, the "action" part of the classic equation is definitely underway.

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Crews are working around the clock on more than 500,000 square feet of Disney excitement, creating a bevy of unique experiences that will greet D23 EXPO guests.

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Among their tasks:

• Rolling in the actual Volkswagen Beetle that "played" the role of Herbie in The Love Bug and uncasing the costume worn by Michael Jackson as "Captain EO," which are part of the 100-piece Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives


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• Creating a "magic beach," a dazzling, brand-new effect developed by Walt Disney Imagineering that will be seen at the D23 EXPO

• Reviewing digital "prints" of such classic Disney movies as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tron, Sleeping Beauty and the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, all of which will be screened for audiences during the four days of the D23 EXPO

• Making plans to host such celebrities as Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Selena Gomez, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Tommy Kirk, Cody Linley, Paige O'Hara, Anika Noni Rose, Betty White and Robin Williams, who are among the luminaries attending the incredible event

• Setting the stage for special announcements about the future of Disney theme parks

• Preparing the Arena for incredible musical events, including performances by members of the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, including Donny Osmond; and a performance by hot new recording artists Honor Society.

"There's more to see, do and experience than any one Disney fan could possibly take in during four days," said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans, which is hosting the D23 EXPO. "There will be something here for Disney fans of every kind, and we're looking forward to a fantastic four days."

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One-day and four-day tickets to the D23 EXPO can be purchased in advance at http://www.D23Expo.com, and will also be available at the main D23 EXPO entry of the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO, and is $37 for a one-day adult ticket and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by following "Disney D23" at Twitter and on Facebook.

September 10, 2009

D23 ANNOUNCES FALL MEMBER EVENTS

BURBANK, CA - September 9, 2009 -- D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced its lineup of Fall 2009 Special Events. In November, D23 Members will be among the first audiences to see The Princess and the Frog as The Walt Disney Studios opens its gates to the public for the very first time. The national tours of The Lion King and Mary Poppins continue to delight audiences from coast to coast, and D23 Members will get the opportunity to go behind the scenes of these amazing productions. Back by popular demand, the legendary lot at The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives will be open for guided tours, and unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences will take place at the Walt Disney World Resort where D23 Members can enjoy Sip & Stroll during the Epcot ® International Food & Wine Festival and Magic & Merriment this holiday season.

"D23 continues to create unique and unforgettable events around the country that only D23 Members can experience," said Steven Clark, head of D23. "Our Spring and Summer events introduced us to our Members for the very first time, and we look forward to meeting more of them this Fall; plus, as with everything we do, D23 Members can expect some amazing surprises along the way."


FALL 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

October 7 D23 and The Lion King Roar into Anchorage - (Anchorage, AK) This award-winning musical phenomenon has entertained more than 50 million guests around the world and now, thanks to our friends at Disney Theatrical Productions, D23 Members can have a magical night to remember at The Lion King at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, including premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program, an exclusive show merchandise item, a special "behind-the-scenes" experience after the show, and more!

October 7 D23 and Poppins Breeze into the Lone Star State - (Dallas, TX) D23 Members can have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night to remember at Mary Poppins in Dallas-featuring original Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Gavin Lee (Bert)-with premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program and a once-in-a-lifetime "behind-the-scenes" experience. D23 Members also will receive the recently released 2-Disc Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Special Edition DVD, courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

November 7 D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives (FREE)
(Burbank, CA) - A rare opportunity for D23 Members to enjoy a 2-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and Walt Disney Archives staff. Space is very limited.

November 18 D23 and Poppins Flies into Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA) D23 Members will have the chance to experience the "practically perfect" Mary Poppins-featuring original Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Gavin Lee (Bert)-like never before, with premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program and a once-in-a-lifetime "behind-the-scenes" experience. D23 Members also will receive the recently released 2-Disc Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Special Edition DVD, courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

November 20 D23 and The Lion King Roar into Spokane
(Spokane, WA) Simba and Nala have entertained more than 50 million guests across the world. Now D23 Members can have a magical night to remember at The Lion King, including premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program, exclusive show merchandise item, a special "behind-the-scenes" experience after the show, and more!

November 25, 2009 D23 Night at The Princess and the Frog
Join D23 at a very special first-night screening of The Princess and the Frog, when The Walt Disney Studios opens its gates for the first time in history to the general public! After being one of the first audiences to see The Princess and the Frog in the newly renovated Main Theatre on The Walt Disney Studios Lot, guests will go over to Sound Stage 3 for the Ultimate Disney Experience, where they can meet ALL the Disney princesses, including the star of the film, Princess Tiana. D23 Members will learn to draw a character from the movie from a Disney animator; see original costumes, sets and props from the Walt Disney Archives, and much, much more! Tickets for this event will be available at the D23 Expo in addition to the D23 ticketing phone line.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS: SAVE THE DATES
Complimenting the above spectacular experiences are three extraordinary events.

Sip & Stroll will offer a host of exclusive, delicious opportunities during the Epcot ® International Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, October 18.

D23 will celebrate the season with Disney and Dickens on Thursday, December 10, featuring VIP seating for Disney's A Christmas Carol at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, followed by a private dinner at the legendary Tam O'Shanter restaurant in Los Angeles-a frequent hang out of Walt Disney and his animators.

On December 12 and 13, D23 will bring Magic & Merriment to Walt Disney World with out-of-this-world holiday magic.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional details and ticket prices for these truly unique events.

To find out more about D23's Fall 2009 Special Events Calendar, including admissions and how to register for events, visit www.disney.com/D23 and click on the "Expo & Events" tab. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice, have varying admission fees and registration processes, and may require advance reservations due to space limitations.

September 11, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 8

Gallery 8 - Walt and the Natural World

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Walt-who had a love of nature since his youth in Marceline-also ventured into live-action documentaries during the '40s and early '50s. The first of these was a nature documentary, Seal Island, a 27-minute account of the seasonal habits of seals that won the 1949 Academy Award™ for best two-reel documentary. Later documentaries in the series, "TrueLife Adventures" continued to focus on nature, while "People and Places" highlighted peoples and destinations around the world.


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Exhibits in the gallery include some of the specialized equipment used in the production of the "True-Life Adventures" series.

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September 12, 2009

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for America’s Last Frontier: Disney Wonder Bound for Alaska in 2011

Disney Wonder Also to Sail Mexican Riviera; Disney Magic to Spend Summer in Europe

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2009) - For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will offer Alaskan cruises during a four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in summer 2011. Combining the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience provided by Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Wonder will depart out of Vancouver, B.C., calling on popular ports such as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Before and after the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

In response to guest demand, the Disney Magic will once again return to the Mediterranean in 2011 with 10- and 11-night cruises sailing out of Barcelona. In addition to popular ports in Italy, France and Spain, the Disney Magic will visit Tunis in northern Africa and the island nation of Malta.

"We're excited to offer this incredible choice of itineraries for 2011, with cruise vacation options for every family - whether that's outdoor adventure in Alaska, the beauty and culture of Europe, folklore and pageantry of Mexico or tropical fun in the Caribbean," said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. "The unique advantage of Disney Cruise Line is that we offer a customized ship experience that brings families together, while still catering to the personalized vacation needs of every guest who sails with us."

Disney Cruise Line also will offer a number of repositioning cruises and special sailings in 2011, including a 15-night Panama Canal crossing, two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a five- and six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Los Angeles, with first-ever stops in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., and 10- and 11-night holiday sailings to the Mexican Riviera and the eastern Caribbean.

Guests will be able to book Disney Wonder and Disney Magic itineraries for the 2011 season beginning Sept. 28, 2009.

Disney Wonder 2011 Schedule

Departing out of Vancouver, the Disney Wonder will sail a total of 18 seven-night cruises to Alaska for the 2011 summer season, calling on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

As part of the new Alaska itinerary, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to experience breathtaking natural vistas, an abundance of wildlife and the rich history and customs of Alaska's native culture. On their Alaskan adventure, guests may catch a glimpse of a brown bear, bald eagle or humpback whale, and explore magnificent glaciers and fjords in Juneau. In Ketchikan, guests can fish for some of the largest wild salmon in the world and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests can traverse panoramic landscapes by railway, or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

The first-ever Disney cruise to Alaska will depart on May 3 with the last cruise of the season scheduled for Aug. 30. Rates for the seven-night Alaskan itinerary start at $939 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

To prepare for the Alaska sailings, a brand-new venue called Outlook Café will be added to the Disney Wonder during dry dock in October. Located high atop deck 10, the 2,500-square-foot Outlook Café is a stylish retreat for guests to relax and enjoy a beverage or cocktail as they peer out through floor-to-ceiling, curved glass windows at breathtaking vistas. The design of Outlook Café is sophisticated with contemporary Art Deco inspiration. An elegant spiral staircase connects Outlook Café with the existing Cove Café one deck below. The 65-seat lounge has a granite-topped cocktail bar with comfortable seating throughout the space, all providing picture-perfect views of the surrounding landscapes.

Book-ending the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night itineraries to the Mexican Riviera. Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $639 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Prior to repositioning to Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail a special 10-night Mexican Riviera voyage, including a stop at Manzanillo.

Disney Magic 2011 Schedule

Departing out of Barcelona, the Disney Magic will sail 10- and 11-night Mediterranean itineraries for the 2011 summer season - a total of 10 sailings starting on May 28. Once again, guests will be able to explore the culture and beauty of Italy, France and Spain, with a family-friendly experience only Disney can deliver. This itinerary also includes visits to Tunis in northern Africa, the island nation of Malta, and Ajaccio, Corsica, an island oasis off the southern coast of France.

Rates for the 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises start at $1,739 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

For the majority of 2011, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay


A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a vacation experience that every member of the family feels was created especially for them.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, to book a vacation or for more detail on offer terms and conditions, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo Unveils New Attractions and Experiences at First D23 Expo

Re-Imagined "Star Tours" Coming to California and Florida in 2011 and Major Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World Scheduled for 2013

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo detailed plans for future lands, attractions and adventures that will be delighting Disney guests for years to come, at the first D23 Expo. Most notable among the announcements were the confirmation of an all-new Star Tours attraction and the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

"Storytelling is the DNA of Disney dreams and we're always exploring new ways to tell new stories in new places," Rasulo told a crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center in California before taking them on a "behind-the-magic" tour of their favorite Disney destinations.

Rasulo announced that a new 3-D version of the tremendously-popular "Star Tours" attraction will debut at the Disneyland Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2011. Based on the iconic Lucasfilm "Star Wars" films, the attraction will include immersive new elements that will take guests to many familiar places in the Star Wars galaxy.


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For Walt Disney World in Florida, Rasulo outlined plans for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom, vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013. Guests will soon be able to:

--Visit their favorite Disney Princess in her castle, cottage, or chateau to share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty's birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast's castle library.

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--Be Our Guest and dine in one of three enchanted rooms inside the Beast's castle.

--Fly with Dumbo high above brand new circus grounds, twice the size of the existing attraction with a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.

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--Journey under the sea with Ariel, The Little Mermaid, in her very own attraction - also opening at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim in 2011.

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--Meet Tinker Bell and her friends in the magical world of Pixie Hollow.

Rasulo provided updates on the multi-year expansion of Disney's California Adventure including the new "World of Color" attraction slated to open in the spring of 2010 and the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land scheduled to open in 2012 where guests will literally step into the town of Radiator Springs and its six acres of hand-carved rockwork.

Rasulo noted the progress of several other recently-announced projects including the three new lands coming to Hong Kong Disneyland by 2014; the Disney Dream, the new ship being built by Disney Cruise Line; the many diverse itineraries being offered by Adventures by Disney that take guests on 19 unique, once-in-a-lifetime guided vacation experiences; and Disney's first family destination resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Rasulo's keynote presentation was only part of the D23 EXPO experience. Guests were able to discover:

Never-before-seen models of upcoming Disney attractions.

Up close and personal visits with Lucky the Dinosaur and Wall-E.

A preview of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Displays showcasing cutting-edge effects technologies that are being developed for Disney attractions, shows and venues.

September 18, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 9

Gallery 9 The 1950s and 1960s: The Big Screen and Beyond

Disneyland Artwork

This prolific period of Walt's life started with the installation of a scale model railroad on the grounds of his new home, an event that spurred him to develop Disneyland.

Mary Poppins Artwork

Walt also created pioneering weekly television shows, and the studio continued creating both animated and live-action films, including the Academy Award™-winning Mary Poppins. Walt was also involved in developing new technologies for installations for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. In the 1950s he announced his ideas for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

In a 15 year period, Walt created the templates for family television entertainment and outdoor family recreation while also infusing the promise of space exploration and urban planning with a sense of wonder and awe. From the Lilly Belle, the scale-model locomotive that Walt helped build and install on a half-mile track around his home, to the visionary plans for EPCOT, the exhibits in this gallery present a vivid look at the landscape of Walt's imagination and achievements during the last 15 years of his life.

Lincoln Artwork


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September 19, 2009

Singer & Actor Mitchel Musso at Disney's Hollywood Studios

MITCHEL-MANIA: Singer & Actor Mitchel Musso ("Hannah Montana," "Phineas & Ferb") poses Sept. 18, 2009 with the Disney character Goofy at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Musso was at the Walt Disney World theme park to meet fans and sign copies of his self-titled debut CD.

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Buzz Lightyear's return from space to be celebrated Oct. 2, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear returned from space on Sept. 11, 2009 aboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission, having served as the longest-tenured crew member in space.

In a photo taken Sept. 11, 2009, the toy Buzz Lightyear that was sent into space May 31, 2008 aboard the STS-124 mission is posed in front of space shuttle Discovery on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

He will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his International Space Station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Oct. 2, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

While on the space station, Buzz supported NASA's education outreach program - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by creating a series of fun educational online outreach programs.

To celebrate his return, Disney is partnering with NASA to create a new online educational game and an online mission patch competition for school kids across America. NASA will fly the winning patch into space. In addition, NASA plans to announce on Oct. 2 the details of a new exciting educational competition that will give students the opportunity to design an experiment for the astronauts on the space station.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Debuts at Disney’s BoardWalk

Mickey and Cat Cora outside Kouzzina

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chef Cat Cora and Disney have debuted an exciting new family-dining restaurant with the opening of Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort.

This is the first table-service restaurant for the celebrity chef, featuring a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cora family's Greek roots.

Chef Dee Foundoukis:

Chef Dee Foundoukis


Owned and operated by Disney and open daily for breakfast and dinner with seating for about 200 guests, the new restaurant features "time-honored recipes passed down from my ancestors, as well as my favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes that my family loves," Cora says.

Cat Cora


As a Mississippi native born to a family of Greek restaurateurs, Cora grew up immersed in two different and flavorful cultures, and has taken from that unique background the kitchen "know-how" handed down through generations. The cuisine at Kouzzina (Greek for "kitchen" and pronounced "koo-zee-nah") showcases Mediterranean cuisine and Chef Cora's philosophy to create simple yet sensational meals.

Kouzzina by Cat Cora features an exhibition kitchen in the spacious dining room:

Kouzzina Exhibition Kitchen

The restaurant's spacious interior features an open kitchen, wooden tables and chairs and a walk-up pizza window for casual dining at outdoor tables on the boardwalk. Breakfast specialties include Kouzzina's signature blend of press-pot coffee and an icy Greek frappé with coffee, milk and natural sugar. Sweet choices include steel-cut cinnamon oatmeal, blueberry orange granola pancakes and Greek-style yogurt with fresh fruit and house-made granola. Savory breakfast creations include turkey-sweet potato hash with two eggs and arugula salad; the stacked Kouzzina breakfast with two poached eggs, kalamata olive toast, artichoke spread, sweet potato hash and bacon or chicken sausage; and spinach-tomato-feta scrambled eggs.

For dinner, Cora's hand-selected beverage menu includes "Cat's Ouzo-tini," Mediterranean sangria and her own wine label, Coranation, featuring California wines. Starters include crisp calamari, goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie and Spiro's Greek Salad. Entrées range from cinnamon stewed chicken to traditional whole fish and a char-grilled lamb burger, with sides such as chilled salt-roasted beets, smashed garlic-fried potatoes, sautéed brussel sprouts and herbed orzo with Greek olive oil and Kasseri cheese. A traditional baklava and dense, rich, chocolate budino are dessert favorites.

CAT'S OUZO-TINI: The signature cocktail at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort is the ouzo-tini, the celebrity chef's personal recipe featuring Absolut vodka, Metaxa ouzo, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice and pomegranate served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass shaken and served tableside.

CAT'S OUZO-TINI

SPIRO'S GREEK SALAD: The traditional starter at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort includes tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta.

SPIRO'S GREEK SALAD

TRADITIONAL WHOLE FISH: At Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort, whole fish is pan roasted and served with braised greens, Greek olives, fennel and smoked chili.

TRADITIONAL WHOLE FISH

SPANAKOPITA: The version of this savory pie at Kouzzina by Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort has a flaky phyllo crust and a filling of spinach, feta, leeks and dill.

SPANAKOPITA

PASTITISIO: This baked Greek casserole dish at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort includes bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce, and béchamel sauce.

PASTITISIO

CINNAMON-STEWED CHICKEN: A signature dish at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk Resort with tomatoes, herbed orzo and Mizithra cheese.

CINNAMON-STEWED CHICKEN

CHAR-GRILLED LAMB BURGER: The burger at Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's BoardWalk is made with lamb and dressed with olives and feta, with a side of crisp sweet potato fries

CHAR-GRILLED LAMB BURGER

FISHERMAN'S STEW: Scallops, seasonal fish, shellfish and fennel, grilled bread, and ouzo butter create a savory dinner in a bowl.

FISHERMAN'S STEW


BAKLAVA: This traditional walnut and cinnamon pastry is served with pistachio gelato:

Baklava

Cora began working with Disney in 2008 by creating a Disney Video on Demand series to showcase ways to help families develop more healthy eating habits. The first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's hit show "Iron Chef America," Cora is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She also is executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine. In addition to hosting the instructional cooking demonstrations for Disney Video on Demand, Cora has been a featured chef at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort.

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September 21, 2009

The Walt Disney Family Museum Public Events Program

The Walt Disney Family Museum is launching its public events program with a series of screenings, lectures, and concerts. Highlights include a special concert-featuring a number of well-known Disney classics-at Davis Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony on October 16.

Inaugural Screenings, Lectures, and Concerts Launch The Walt Disney Family Museum Public Event Programs
Rarely Seen Films, An Animated Classic, and Classical Music in a Dazzling New San Francisco Performance Space and Theater
San Francisco Symphony Performs Special Concert at Davis Symphony Hall In Celebration of The Walt Disney Family Museum's Grand Opening
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A series of inaugural events celebrate the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum and the multi-faceted interests of its namesake, Walt Disney, from October 1-31, 2009. From a screening of Mickey Mouse's starring turn in Fantasia from October 1-19 to a chilling Halloween showing of legendary animated shorts The Skeleton Dance, The Mad Doctor, and Pluto's Judgment Day. The series pays homage to the artistic output and inspirations of Walt Disney.

Highlights of opening month festivities include a concert by the San Francisco Symphony with classical works heard in Fantasia and orchestrations of themes and songs from Pinocchio and Mary Poppins. Other notable events include a special screening of Walt and El Grupo, a documentary about Disney's 1941 trip to South America that resulted in two feature films and numerous animated shorts.

Most screenings and performances will be held in the museum's 114-seat auditorium, which features murals of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Exceptions are noted.


FILM

Film of the Month: Fantasia October 1st - 19th Only 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online Let your imagination soar as you watch colors, flowers, and fairies swirl and dance on screen to the timeless compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Paul Dukas, and Igor Stravinsky in Disney's Fantasia. This unforgettable experience will take place in our new state-of-the-art theater under the watchful eyes of Mickey, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, whose likeness decorates the theater walls.

October 23th - 25th - South of the Border Weekend - In 1941 Walt Disney and a group of Disney artists traveled to South America on a Good Neighbor tour at the request of the United States government. This was no ordinary handshake tour for Walt and his group. It offered the Disney team a unique opportunity to learn about culture and traditions south of the border. As a result of the visit, Walt Disney created two successful features, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, and numerous short subject films.

October 23rd - Walt and El Grupo Preview Screening & Discussion with filmmaker Ted Thomas and author J.B. Kaufman (one showing only) 7 p.m., Theater $8 Members Only Tickets for sale online

October 24th - Screening of The Three Caballeros and Discussion of the Good Neighbor Tour and book signing with J.B. Kaufman 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Book Signing, Learning Center Free Book Signing, no tickets required 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm Film and Discussion, Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online

Noted author and historian J.B. Kaufman will be at the Museum October 24 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, signing his new book, South of the Border With Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948. The book chronicles the full story of the Disney Good Neighbor project, from the 1941 South American trip through production of all the studio's Latin American films. Then join us from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm for a special screening of The Three Caballeros. Following the film, J.B. Kaufman will discuss the South American tour and this unique film.

October 25th - Screening of Saludos Amigos followed by a Q & A with J.B. Kaufman 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online We conclude this South of the Border weekend with a screening of Saludos Amigos. J.B. Kaufman will be on hand to answer questions regarding the lively film.

October 30th and 31st - HallowScreen! - The Skeleton Dance and Other Bone-Chilling Cartoons 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online Tickle your Halloween funny bone with the spooky adventures of skeletons, mice, spiders, and bats. We will screen some of Walt Disney's haunting cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, Mad Doctor, Pluto's Judgment Day, and many more. You'll have a "howling" good time!

MUSIC

October 11th - Artists' Vocal Ensemble Concert: The Classics 4 p.m., Special Exhibition Hall Non-Member: Adult $20, Child $15, Child under 6 $13 Member: Adult $15, Child $10, Child under 6 $8 Tickets for sale online The Artists' Vocal Ensemble will enchant you with melodies of the world's greatest melodic composers, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Josef Haydn, and Franz Schubert (one of the composers heard in Fantasia). Directed and accompanied by Jonathan Dimmock (piano), this will be an afternoon of chamber music evocative of the great salons of Vienna and performed in our beautiful Special Exhibition Hall.

October 16th - The San Francisco Symphony Celebrates the Opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum (our Theater Dark) 7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall
$15-70, tickets for sale at www.sfsymphony.org Relive the magic of your childhood favorites as the San Francisco Symphony heralds the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum in a special concert celebration. Reminisce with timeless tunes from Mary Poppins to Pinocchio and recapture the thrill of Fantasia through classic repertoire of Paul Dukas, Modest Mussorgsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more.

The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. The Museum is partially funded by California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank revenue bonds.

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September 23, 2009

Grand Opening Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disneyland Resort Unveils Expansion of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa New Wing and First West Coast Disney Vacation Club Villas Open to Guests Today
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 23, 2009 - Disneyland Resort today unveiled a stunning new addition to its Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, including 203 new guest rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, the first Disney Vacation Club property on the West Coast. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa immerses Guests in the magic of the Disneyland Resort by capturing the spirit of early California through design and architecture. Many of the new vacation villas offer Guests spectacular views into Disney's California Adventure Park.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

"This expansion reinforces Disney's long-term commitment to investing in Anaheim's Resort District," said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort. "Since opening in 2001, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa continues to impress our Guests with its timeless sophistication and exquisite service. The new villas and hotel rooms will give more Guests the opportunity to enjoy the immersive vacation experience Disney is known for."

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


The 2.5-acre addition to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which increases accommodations by more than 30 percent, is part of ongoing Resort expansion work. Currently underway is a multiyear expansion of Disney's California Adventure Park, which will add new attractions, entertainment experiences and an entirely new 12-acre Cars Land. In addition, the Resort's historic Disneyland Hotel also began a major three-year renovation last month.

"We are so fortunate to have a wonderful partner in the Disneyland Resort," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. "Disney's continued investment in Anaheim benefits the entire Resort District as well as the surrounding community. This grand addition to the city's only four-diamond hotel will encourage even more visitors to come to Anaheim and experience a vacation in our great City."

The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa mark the 10th property for Disney Vacation Club, Disney's innovative vacation-ownership program. As with all Disney Vacation Club properties, Guests are able to experience the comforts of home, such as a fully equipped kitchen, living area, dining area, washer and dryer, whirlpool tub and other amenities, depending on the size of the accommodations. Guests can choose from four different room categories including a studio (sleeps 4), one-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 5), two-bedroom villa (sleeps up to 9) and the three-bedroom, two-story Grand Villa (sleeps up to 12).

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


"It is exciting to witness the incredible growth of Disney Vacation Club, because not only are we creating new accommodations here in Anaheim, we are creating new experiences," said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. "Now Disney Vacation Club is part of the place where it all started, a place known worldwide as the Happiest Place on Earth."

Other new amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa include the Mariposa swimming pool, the Grizzly Game Arcade, a Guest laundry facility, two gas barbeque grills, the Paradise View Terrace on the 6th floor, overlooking the Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure Park, underground valet parking spaces, and an expanded Pinocchio's Workshop - a licensed child activity center. The hotel now boasts 948 guest rooms, which includes 44 guest suites, as well as 50 Disney Vacation Club two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The only AAA Four-Diamond hotel in North Orange County, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is an architectural and artistic celebration of California's renowned Arts & Crafts style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One of three hotels at the Disneyland Resort, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is home to the nationally renowned and award-winning Napa Rose restaurant, where Wine Country cuisine tempts taste buds and expert sommeliers help Guests make selections from one of the world's finest collections of California wines. The nearby Storytellers Café lets kids and adults alike enjoy a dining experience that only Disney can do, complete with an array of popular Disney characters. These dining experiences, coupled with a luxury spa, onsite shopping and other amenities, helped the hotel earn the No. 3 spot on Travel & Leisure Family magazine's list of the top family-friendly resort destinations.

Disney Vacation Club

Disney Vacation Club is a vacation-ownership program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By purchasing a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club resort, families enjoy memorable vacations at Disney destinations worldwide as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.

Disney Vacation Club, currently celebrating its milestone 18th anniversary, has grown to serve more than 420,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states. The expansion project marks the latest growth for Disney Vacation Club, which recently opened Kidani Village, part of the popular Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, plans are underway to open Disney's family-friendly mixed-use resort in Hawai'i, which is scheduled to include 350 traditional hotel rooms and 481 Disney Vacation Club villas built on 21 acres of oceanfront property on the island of O'ahu. For more information please visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.

September 25, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 10

Gallery 10 - Remembering Walt Disney

Mickey Crying

Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966. Reactions from around the world, in newspaper articles, editorial comment, and letters and telegrams present an appreciation of the joy, hope, and inspiration Walt provided to millions of people around the world.

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