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March 1, 2010

CSI: Miami' star Eva La Rue at the Magic Kingdom

Actress Eva La Rue, star of the CBS series "CSI: Miami," and her daughter Kaya (left), age 8, pose March 1, 2010 with Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Prior to joining the cast of "CSI: Miami," La Rue appeared on the ABC Daytime drama "All My Children."

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March 2, 2010

Take a Nanooze Break

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New Epcot exhibition brings nano to the masses
Photo of the marquee banner for the Take a Nanooze Break exhibition.

February 24, 2010

A new long-term exhibition at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will bring visitors face to face with the nanoworld.

Housed at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, the exhibition Take a Nanooze Break features a series of interactive, continually updated displays that allow visitors to manipulate models of molecules, study everyday items at the nanoscale, and interact with scientists and engineers who conduct the latest nano research.

"The experience is immersive and gives guests a number of ways to view a world that is too small to see," says Carl Batt of Cornell University, the lead researcher for the project. "It also gives guests a view of nanotechnology from real scientists."

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Based upon the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported children's magazine and Web site Nanooze (http://www.nanooze.org/), the exhibition was developed with further NSF support by collaborators from Cornell University and Tamarack Design of Ithaca, N.Y.

"Nanotechnology will bring multiple, fundamental changes to the way we work to create goods, develop sustainable approaches, advance medicine and improve quality of life.," says Mike Roco, senior advisor for nanotechnology at NSF. "About $80 billion worth of products incorporated nanoscale components in the United States in 2010, and one can envision mass use of nanotechnology by 2020. The Nanooze exhibition informs and inspires the public about this fast-arriving future society."

The exhibition opened on Feb. 22, 2010. The work was funded by NSF awards 0725230 and 0937179.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Birth of Endangered Gorilla

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 1, 2010 -- Guests visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom are getting a special treat along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where they can get a rare glimpse of a newborn gorilla born Feb. 19. The critically endangered western lowland gorilla, whose gender is still unknown, is doing well and has already become an integral member of the gorilla family group which includes first-time mother, Kashata, father Gino, and two other females, Benga and Hope.

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Members of the primate team at Disney's Animal Kingdom are encouraged by Kashata's natural instincts at motherhood. First-time mothers often experience difficulty knowing the right things to do. They must learn to properly hold the baby and adapt to a demanding nursing schedule. "Kashata has been a model mother from the moment the baby was born, said Matt Hohne, animal operations director for Disney's Animal Programs. "She immediately knew how to properly hold the baby and her nursing skills have been exemplary."

Since Kashata has been holding the baby close to her body, animal keepers have yet to determine the baby's gender. Most gorilla mothers keep their offspring close for several months while the baby adjusts to the environment. In addition, gorilla babies typically nurse for approximately 12 months and may be weaned between the ages of four and five.

The new baby, which is yet to be named, is the third 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. Disney's Animal Kingdom also participates in AZA Species Survival Plans for several other animals, including elephants, cotton-top tamarins and okapi. The first gorilla birth occurred in 1997 before Disney's Animal Kingdom opened, and the second baby arrived in 1999.

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 creation of the first rescue and rehabilitation center in eastern Africa for orphaned gorillas to ultimately reintroduce them back into the wild. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has provided funding to support this effort.
· has developed an innovative training technique that enables team members to monitor the heart health of gorillas at Disney's Animal Kingdom 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.
· In the wild, western lowland gorillas are found in lowland tropical rainforests throughout western Africa.
· Gorilla habitat in Africa is quickly disappearing because of coltan mining, a mineral used to make batteries for electronics. Recycling cell phones or laptops may contribute to gorilla conservation.


Downtown Disney Adds New Offerings

Two new stores, 3D (ETX) theater technology, and restaurant set to open in 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 2, 2010 - Downtown Disney, the 120-acre entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort, will welcome several additions as part of its overall revitalization plan. In the coming months, the district will welcome two new stores, a quick-service restaurant and 3D technology to the AMC Pleasure Island 24 theater.

"We're excited to build upon our existing portfolio of unique offerings and are committed to bringing guests even more interactive experiences," said Downtown Disney Vice President Keith Bradford. "These new diverse venues are perfectly in sync with Downtown Disney and reflect the feedback we have received from our guests."

After its success at the Downtown Disney® District in Disneyland in California, RIDEMAKERZ ® will open a new retail entertainment experience on the Westside of Downtown Disney for a limited engagement. This store will integrate full-sized cars and a supercharged interactive experience that lets guests build, customize and trick out their very own radio-controlled vehicles. Kids of all ages will be able to satisfy their need for speed with over 649 million ways to create a mean machine. RIDEMAKERZ will open March 25 through fall 2010.

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D Street, a new apparel store where urban inspired product "intersects" with a Disney creative edge will also open on the West Side and showcase a mix of products for both men and women. Building on the existing popularity of Trend-D at the Marketplace, D-Street will include edgy apparel, pop culture novelties, Vinylmation™ figures and collectibles, artwork, handbags, accessories, jewelry and more. Opening in April, the store will feature a raw, unfinished industrial look and provide a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.

AMC Entertainment is currently upgrading auditorium one to be the first Enhanced Theater Experience (ETX™) in the United States. The ETX auditorium will include a 20 percent larger, floor-to-ceiling screen, 3D technology, 12 channel audio and digital projection that delivers higher resolution that HD. AMC will debut the ETX auditorium in time for the premier of Alice in Wonderland in 3D on March 5.

Opening this fall at Downtown Disney's Marketplace, will be an international Latin chicken quick-service restaurant - Pollo Campero. This new restaurant concept will offer Disney guests savory combinations of freshly prepared Campero Latin chicken, flavorful side dishes such as yuca fries and sweet plantains, and Latin drinks including horchata and tamarindo. For the more nutritious minded, they will offer chef-prepared salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as sugar-free, gluten-free, low sodium, and organic offerings.

These new efforts come on the heels of the recent openings of Little Miss Matched, Paradiso 37, Trend-D, Characters in Flight, and Design-A-Tee.

March 10, 2010

‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Reaches Goal – 1 Million People Inspired to Volunteer in 2010 through the Disney Parks Program

"Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" - a first-of-its-kind program of Disney Parks - reached its goal of inspiring 1 million people in 2010 to give back to their communities through volunteer service in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Since the program started just 10 weeks ago, on Jan. 1, a million people already have volunteered or have committed to volunteer in their communities, according to Disney Parks and HandsOn Network, the nation's largest volunteer network and a facilitator of "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day."

To celebrate the good deeds of these individuals, Disney Parks offered each volunteer who completed an eligible project a free one-day admission to one theme park in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California. Although registration is now closed and the program has ended, those who volunteered have until Dec. 15, 2010, to redeem their free park ticket (certain block-out dates apply).

"By any measure, the 'Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' program exceeded our expectations," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "These one million volunteers touched their communities with their hearts and hands. Their commitment to service is truly worth celebrating, and there's no better place to celebrate than at Disney Parks."

Volunteerism has been a part of the Disney culture since the beginning. Through Disney VoluntEARS, cast members have been giving back to communities for more than a quarter century. More than 5.5 million hours of volunteer service worldwide have been donated, and Disney's commitment to volunteerism will continue even as "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" draws to a close.

Officials at HandsOn Network credited the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program for increasing volunteer activities this year.

"The innovative nature of this program has exponentially increased our capacity to both invite and excite people about volunteerism," said Michelle Nunn, co-founder of HandsOn Network and CEO of Points of Lights Institute. "The overwhelming participation of families - and youth especially - is a testament to a growing trend. Many of these volunteers are serving for the first time, and some will develop into service leaders who help change the face of our nation."

Encouraging that kind of commitment was one aim of the Disney program, Staggs said.

"The goal of the 'Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' program was to lay the groundwork for a new spirit of volunteerism," he said. "The need for volunteers across the country is ongoing. We look forward to more people, especially families, carrying on the momentum and giving back to their communities through volunteerism."
Neighborhoods in need were the big beneficiaries of "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" - from San Juan to San Diego, Vero Beach to Vancouver.

In Puerto Rico, 500 volunteers cleaned the beaches of Vaciatalega and La Perla located in the vicinity of Old San Juan. In Oakville, Ontario, a neighborhood center got new shelving and a spruced-up mural.

In Boston, volunteers served meals to people in need, knitted and crocheted scarves and mittens for children afflicted with life-threatening illnesses and helped as caregivers at an animal adoption center. In California, San Francisco Bay-area volunteers helped with basic English lessons, painted park benches and planted flowers.

In Jacksonville, Fla., volunteers painted murals and spruced up rooms at a home for women and children, while in Pittsburgh they took on construction tasks - tiling, sanding, staining and painting - to help create affordable housing.

Although the program has ended and a free Disney theme park ticket will no longer be provided, those still interested in volunteering may search for opportunities through HandsOn Network at HandsOnNetwork.org (or in Canada, at govolunteer.ca).

A PERFECT BLEND OF RETRO AND URBAN AT D STREET

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Downtown Disney West Side will welcome a hip new boutique where urban pop culture intersects with stylized Disney. D-Street will feature eclectic apparel, Vinylmation™ figures and novel collectibles, artwork, handbags, accessories and jewelry for men and women. Opening in April 2010 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the store will feature a raw, unfinished industrial look with walls adorned with Disney art created by local artists.

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THE NEXT D23 EXPO: August 19-21, 2011

Imagine a place where every step you take immerses you further into the Disney movies, magic and memories that live so deeply in your heart. A place where pavilions and exhibits from every part of The Walt Disney Company transport you on an unforgettable adventure through the past, present and future of the Disney imagination. It's a pixie-dusted world where magical experiences - celebrity appearances, special screenings, never-before-seen exhibits and special presentations - are around every corner, just waiting to whisk you off into the very heart of Disney magic! And, of course, each day at this celebration gives you the opportunity to meet and mingle with thousands of people you have something very special in common with: A LOVE OF DISNEY!

This place is the D23 Expo, the single largest gathering of all things Disney and one of the most unique ways to connect fans to Disney's timeless stories, characters, movies, Parks and more. At the inaugural D23 Expo, held September 10-13, 2009, thousands of excited fans discovered what happens when you put the many wonderful worlds of Disney under the same roof for four days: Magic!

The first-ever D23 Expo attracted nearly 40,000 Disney fans, bringing the entire world of Disney under one massive roof. During the D23 Expo, fans were treated to appearances by superstars like Johnny Depp, Miley Cyrus and John Travolta; explored exciting, new concepts and attractions from Disney Parks and Walt Disney Imagineering; peered into Disney's history at special panels, presentations and displays; and discovered the newest entertainment, products and events from throughout The Walt Disney Company.

The next D23 Expo, which will light up the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21, 2011, promises to deliver even more excitement! We're still hard at work finalizing plans for the D23 Expo 2011, but you can expect to see what's new and what's next from Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Studios, Media Networks and Disney Consumer Products and more. Of course, there will be special exhibits of rarely seen Disney props and costumes from the legendary Walt Disney Archives, headline-grabbing celebrity appearances, screenings of classic Disney movies and exclusive sneak peeks at some that no one has seen yet, musical performances, panel discussions with legendary Disney actors, performers, animators, Imagineers and more and of course, Mickey and some of our favorite characters will be on hand to make sure the fun never stops!

Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 will go on sale August 19 (one year in advance), with specially priced tickets available exclusively to D23 Members. In addition, D23 Charter Members will have access to a special Charter Member Lounge at the D23 Expo 2011, at no additional cost.

"The first D23 Expo surpassed all of our expectations, and our 2011 Expo is already shaping up to be a jaw-dropping, not-to-be missed showcase of the best and brightest Disney has to offer," said Steven Clark, head of D23.

The Ultimate Park-Hopper

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03.10.10 - Disney Parks fans rejoice! On Wednesday at The Walt Disney Company's Annual Meeting, a new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks was introduced - Disney Premier Passport!

The Disney Premier Passport is a brand-new Annual Passport valid for admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks.

Guests who currently hold both a Disneyland and a Walt Disney World Annual Pass will be able to upgrade their passes to the new Disney Premier Passport, and the expiration date will be based on the latter of the two annual passes. Annual Passholders who currently have a pass to one Disney Resort may upgrade their current pass to a Premier Passport (the passholder will be credited the difference based on the retail value of their current Annual Pass).

The Disney Premier Passport will only be available for purchase (or upgrade) on site at a domestic Disney theme park. A new Premier Passport will retail for $700. The Premier Passport will be on sale March 11, 2010.

Benefits include:

Unlimited admission for 365 to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, including Park Hopper privileges

Parking for all theme parks

Unlimited admission to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach water parks at Walt Disney World

Subscriptions to Passholder publications

A one-year subscription to Disney Family Fun magazine (one per household)

Unlimited admission (except activities/events specially priced) to DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney Orlando, ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex (valid only on event days; some events require an additional admission charge) and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (greens fee only; tee time reservations are required and subject to availability).

DISNEY’S D23 CELEBRATES DISNEYLAND’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ALL-NEW, TWO-DAY DESTINATION D EVENT

DISNEY'S D23 CELEBRATES DISNEYLAND'S 55TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH ALL-NEW, TWO-DAY DESTINATION D EVENT

2011 Dates for D23 EXPO Also Announced
as the Official Community for Disney Fans Marks First Year


BURBANK, Calif. - March 10, 2010 - It's a milestone year for the Disneyland® Resort, and D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans is celebrating with the premiere of DESTINATION D, a brand-new, two-day event exclusively for D23 Members that illuminates Disney's fascinating history.

D23 announced its latest members-only event on its first anniversary - capping a year in which Disney's first-ever fan community grew to encompass tens of thousands of members from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries worldwide.

The inaugural DESTINATION D, whose theme is "Disneyland '55," will be held this Sept. 24-25. DESTINATION D: Disneyland '55 will take D23 Members on a journey through the design, creation, debut and magical history of the world's first Disney theme park. The first DESTINATION D will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel.

DESTINATION D: Disneyland '55 will offer two full days of special presentations, panels, screenings and guest speakers that let fans meet and talk with key figures in Disneyland's history. Future DESTINATION D events will explore other important aspects of Disney's creative legacy. Following its premiere in September, DESTINATION D will alternate annually with the enormously popular D23 EXPO.

The next D23 EXPO is set for Aug. 19-21, 2011, returning to the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets for the 2011 D23 EXPO will go on sale Aug. 19 (one year in advance), with specially priced tickets available exclusively to D23 Members. In addition, D23 Charter Members will have access to a special Charter Member Lounge at the 2011 D23 EXPO, at no additional cost.

The first-ever D23 EXPO attracted nearly 40,000 Disney fans when it debuted last September, bringing the entire world of Disney under one massive roof. During the D23 EXPO, fans were treated to appearances by superstars like Johnny Depp, Miley Cyrus and John Travolta; explored exciting, new concepts and attractions from Disney Parks and Walt Disney Imagineering; peered into Disney's history at special panels, presentations and displays; and discovered the newest entertainment, products and events from throughout The Walt Disney Company.

"The first D23 EXPO, surpassed all of our expectations, and our 2011 Expo is already shaping up to be a jaw-dropping, not-to-be missed showcase of the best and brightest Disney has to offer," said Steven Clark, head of D23.

"We're very excited to also be creating an entirely new event with DESTINATION D, which will bring Disney's fascinating history to D23 Members in ways no other Disney fan can experience," Clark said. "There's nowhere on earth quite as special as Disneyland, and we want fans to see it as they never have before."

The D23 team is in the midst of developing exclusive programming for DESTINATION D - but an early peek at plans reveals a host of special speakers, presentations and panels throughout the two-day event, including:

* "Disneyland: The Way We Were" - Disney's Chief Archivist Dave Smith will look back at highlights from Disneyland history;
* "Disney Undiscovered" - An exploration of never-built projects and attractions developed for Disneyland;
* "23 on 55" - The Walt Disney Archives celebrates Disneyland's 55th anniversary;
* "Weird Disney" - A showcase for some of the quirky, little-known facts, places, people and ideas that even the most avid fan might not know.

More details on the programming and events planned for DESTINATION D: Disneyland '55 - as well as details about the 2011 D23 EXPO - will be available soon at www.disney.com/D23. Tickets will go on sale early this summer.

DESTINATION D joins a lineup of special events throughout 2010 designed exclusively for D23 Members. Among them are free screenings of classic Disney movies during the "50 & Fabulous" film festival at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank; members-only tours of the famed Walt Disney Archives; an exclusive Sip & Stroll event during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival; and holiday-themed Magic and Merriment weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community for fans in Disney's 85-year history. D23 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 www.disney.com/D23; a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort, and www.DisneyStore.com/D23.

March 12, 2010

Main Street Electrical Parade Lights the Night again as Disney World Launches 'Summer Nightastic' June 6

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Disney's "Main Street Electrical Parade" will light up the streets of Magic Kingdom, headlining a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2010.

Beginning June 6 and continuing through August 14, "Summer Nightastic!" will light up the night with shimmering, shining Disney magic in Walt Disney World theme parks. Here's a look at what's in store:

Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade

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Showcasing floats and characters appearing at Walt Disney World Resort for the first time, Disney's "Main Street Electrical Parade" returns with its joyous sights and sounds. Direct from Disneyland Resort and marking its first engagement in Florida since 2001, the cherished parade will be led by Tinker Bell waving from the basket of a magical balloon aboard a new float. Pinocchio and Snow White join the parade this summer aboard bright new floats. Disney's "Main Street Electrical Parade" is set for its summer-long nighttime premiere June 6 at Magic Kingdom.

The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios welcomes "drop-ins" this summer with even more pulse-racing surprises. New lighting effects created especially for "Summer Nightastic!" will bring unexpected frights to guests who step into that infamous service elevator " if they dare.

"Summer Nightastic!" also means music! In the courtyard of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios, "Rock N' Glow Dance Party" will have guests wanting to "trip the light fantastic" to sizzling summer sounds being spun by DJs. Across the Vacation Kingdom, more high-energy music presented by DJs will get guests' toes a-tapping during a Magic Kingdom dance party. And at Epcot, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series returns (June 12-July 31) with bands playing musical tributes to artists who filled summers gone by with musical magic.

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What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night? Magic Kingdom will treat guests to "Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular," filling the night sky with vivid colors and brilliant visual effects while whimsical music fills the air.

Disneyland Resort Presents a Window on Main Street, U.S.A. to Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Composers of 'It's a Small World' and Enchanted Tiki Room Theme

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- They've written some of the most memorable songs in Disney theme park - and motion picture - history, and on March 11, 2010, the Academy Award-winning composers of the music from "It's a Small World" and The Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as "Mary Poppins," will receive the highest honor that the Disneyland Resort bestows. The Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, will receive a tribute window on Main Street, U.S.A.

Among the Shermans' more than 150 Disney songs are such familiar Disney theme park compositions as "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" (theme of The Enchanted Tiki Room), "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" (theme of Carousel of Progress) and "It's a Small World," one of the most translated and performed songs on Earth. All three are still performed in their attractions at Disney theme parks around the world, making the music as contemporary today as when it was composed.

"Richard and Robert Sherman's contribution to Disney spans 50 years and has touched virtually every aspect of our company," said Robert A. Iger, president and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. "By dedicating a window on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland we are pleased to recognize them with one of the highest honors our company bestows."

"The music of the Sherman brothers has left an indelible mark on the Walt Disney Company and still resonates in Disney parks around the world," said Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman. "Their songs - particularly 'It's a Small World' and the score of 'Mary Poppins' - are not just touchstones of Disney, but of American culture as a whole. The whole world sang these songs when they were new and they still sing them today almost five decades later. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are honored members of the Disney family."

The tradition of honoring individuals with a personalized decorative window was started on Main Street, U.S.A. by Walt Disney and has continued at Disney parks worldwide. A Disneyland window is considered the ultimate honor anyone can receive from "The Happiest Place on Earth."

The careers of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman span almost 50 years and include two Academy Awards for "Mary Poppins" - Best Score, and Best Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee." The Sherman brothers gained recognition in popular music with several Top Ten hits, among them "Let's Get Together," sung in "The Parent Trap" by Hayley Mills; "Tall Paul," Annette Funicello's first Top Ten single; and "You're Sixteen," which made the Top Ten twice: sung by Johnny Burnette in 1960 and by Ringo Starr in 1974. In 1960, they began a phenomenal 10-year association with Walt Disney, during which time they composed more than 150 songs for Disneyland Park, other Disney parks, and Disney films and television shows. Their Disney credits include "The Jungle Book," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Aristocats," "The Happiest Millionaire," the "Winnie the Pooh" series and, of course, "Mary Poppins." The theatrical version of "Mary Poppins" is consistently among Broadway's top-grossing shows and is in its fourth highly successful year at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The North America tour continues to be a hit, and the show's popularity is growing around the globe with international productions opening in Australia and Holland later this year.

The Sherman brothers went on to compose other song scores for "Snoopy Come Home," "Charlotte's Web," the Broadway musical "Over Here," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (later brought to the stage in London and New York), "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," "The Slipper and the Rose," "The Magic of Lassie" (which earned their ninth Academy Award nomination for Best Song), "The Tigger Movie," the stage musical "Busker Alley" and "Beverly Hills Cop 3."

Among the Sherman brothers' honors are three Grammy Awards, 24 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have also been named Disney Legends, a designation which acknowledges the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic.

March 15, 2010

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

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Jake Pavelka (left), star of ABC's "The Bachelor," strikes a dance pose March 13, 2010 with his fiancee, Vienna Girardi (second from left) while Mickey Mouse poses with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower (right), star of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pavelka and Hightower are partners on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" which premieres March 22, 2010. Pavelka, Girardi and Hightower were vacationing this weekend at Walt Disney World Resort.

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March 16, 2010

New Feature Pool at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Rendering of new Saratoga Springs Pool

Work is scheduled to begin this spring on a new feature pool in the Paddock area of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, building on the resort's turn-of-the-20th-century, upstate New York theme.

Plans call for the new pool, scheduled for completion in mid-2011, to replace the Paddock area's 1,100-square-foot quiet pool with a 3,300-square-foot zero-depth-entry pool, a 146-foot water slide, a 1,600-square-foot wet-play area, an expanded pool deck spanning more than 11,000 square feet and, for hungry swimmers and sunbathers who'd rather not make the trip across the lake to Artist's Palette, an on-site, quick-service-dining location.

March 17, 2010

David Cassidy -- Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series

March 19-21 - David Cassidy, "I Think I Love You": Flower Power Concert Series Fills Weekends with Special Music during 2010 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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March 18, 2010

Disney Star Wars Weekends Guest List

It's time once again to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! The annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida celebrates the Star Wars movie saga as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It begins May 21st (which, by the way, is the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back) and runs for four consecutive weekends through June 13th.

Fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga. In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.

Here's a look at the celebrity guests which include Star Wars cast members from the entire saga. Please check back here for future updates to the guest list as it may be subject to change.


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The celebrity hosts for each weekend will be Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett from Empire and Return of the Jedi) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka from The Clone Wars.

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May 21-23 -- Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, and Dee Bradley Baker Send in the clones to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Empire. Morrison played Jango Fett as well as the clone troopers in the live action movies, while Daniel Logan played Boba Fett and all the clone cadets in Episode II. Baker is the voice of all the clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the ever popular Captain Rex.

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May 28-30 -- Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane Some true Masters are in attendance. In addition to providing the rasping voice of General Grievous and his chatty battle droids, Matthew Wood is also a sound editor on the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars. Lorne Peterson is a veteran ILM model-maker who worked behind-the-scenes on all six Star Wars movies. Tom Kane is the voice of Yoda in The Clone Wars, and also the narrator who begins each show with a rousing introduction.

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June 4-6 -- Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and Dave Filoni Hello, what have we here? Williams is of course famous for his role as Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City and Rebel hero. Ray Park is the energetic, acrobatic villain Darth Maul from Episode I, and Dave Filoni is the supervising director of The Clone Wars.

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June 11-13 -- Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor Ray Park returns for a second weekend, and he is joined by Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the walking carpet -- Chewbacca the Wookiee. James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, as well as Plo Koon.

http://www.starwars.com/fans/events/disney2010guests/

March 20, 2010

Disneyland Resort Expansion Continues with New Parking Lot Opening

Parking lot transportation provided through a public-private partnership that puts OCTA buses and drivers back on the road

ANAHEIM, CALIF. March 19, 2010 - As part of its current expansion, Disneyland Resort celebrated both the opening of its new Toy Story Parking Lot today as well as a unique public-private partnership that will utilize idle Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) buses and provide employment opportunities for OCTA bus drivers.

Transportation to and from the new parking lot is being provided through a partnership with the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN), which is leasing OCTA buses that were not in service due to recent reductions in bus service. ATN is utilizing 20 buses and has hired 15 former OCTA bus drivers to date.


"We are fortunate to be part of a community with leaders who are willing to roll up their sleeves to figure out a way to creatively address issues," said George Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. "This is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership at its best."

"OCTA's partnership with ATN and Disneyland Resort is an ideal example of how government and the private sector can successfully work together to deliver transportation solutions at a time when we are forced to reduce service because of state funding cuts and declining sales tax and ridership," said OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante, mayor of Tustin. "We are very pleased to see that these buses, bought with taxpayer dollars, will continue serving the public and generating revenue to support OCTA transit operations."

"As we continue working through a challenging economy, it's vital for government to find new ways to support business and the private sector to ensure future success for all of us. This collaborative effort between OCTA, Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Transportation Network is a great example of just that," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, also an OCTA director. "I applaud the leadership of all those who brought this partnership together for the benefit of our community."

"The ATN's commitment to our customers and to the community at large, is an asset toward further improvement the transportation experience in-and-around the entire Anaheim Resort destination. The Anaheim Resort Transit system's goal is to provide an outstanding experience for Anaheim Resort guests, while meeting our goals of enhancing mobility," said ATN Chairman Paul Sanford.


The new lot, located on Harbor Boulevard just south of Katella Avenue, is slated to operate daily and adds 2,678 parking spaces to 1,000 already existing spots. In addition, four portable kiosks staffed by Disneyland Resort Cast Members will be open while the lot is being parked, enabling Guest to purchase park tickets and pay for stroller rentals with a credit card and proceed directly to the park gates upon arrival.

Disneyland Resort announced a significant multiyear expansion in 2007. The expansion began with the 2008 opening of Toy Story Mania! in Disney's California Adventure. In early 2009, Mickey's Fun Wheel reopened along with the Games of the Boardwalk. Last year, the Resort also 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. Opening in 2010, World of Color will bring nighttime excitement to Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure with a panorama of spectacular water effects, dancing fountains and music that will bring Disney animation to life with an entirely new creative and technical approach. The first major attraction based on Disney's classic "The Little Mermaid" debuts in 2011. Culminating the expansion in 2010 is the entirely new, 12-acre addition of Cars Land, which recreates the town of Radiator Springs as inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar film "Cars."

New TRON Monorail Debuts at Walt Disney World

Disney's 3D sci-fi adventure film "TRON: Legacy" doesn't debut in theaters until December, but starting March 19, 2010, guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida can see a bit of the TRON universe zipping high above their heads. Renderings of yellow and blue light cycles have transformed one of the trains on Walt Disney World's legendary monorail line. A blue light cycle zips to the left along one side of Walt Disney World's "highway in the sky" and the yellow light cycle zooms to the right. This particular monorail currently takes guests between Epcot and Walt Disney World's main Ticket and Transportation Center. "TRON: Legacy" is a sequel to 1982's classic "TRON," both starring recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges. "TRON: Legacy" will be released in both Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D and is currently scheduled to debut across the US on December 17.

March 23, 2010

Florida Residents Find Two Ways to Win with New Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Web Site

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues through May 16, 2010. And now Florida residents have two ways to win with a new Web site dedicated to this year's festival.

· At http://www.EpcotGardenContest.com, Florida residents (18 years of age and older) can play the "Grow Your Garden" game for a chance to instantly win a pair of Florida Resident "4-Day Dream Passes" to enjoy the festival - and other favorite experiences and attractions in the Walt Disney World theme parks. Available only to Florida residents, this special ticket provides admission for 4 days to any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks most dates from now until May 25, 2010. (The 4 days do not need to be consecutive, admission is for one park per day and blockout dates apply.*)

· Also, as Disney Parks celebrates the spirit of volunteerism in 2010, Disney is awarding to an eligible community organization a garden designed by Disney horticulturists using some plants from the festival. Florida residents nominate their community organizations through the Web site, and one organization will be chosen by Disney. Disney's master horticulture staff continually creates the topiary, fragrance and interactive gardens for the festival.

Florida residents have until April 30 to enter.

In addition to the contests, http://www.EpcotGardenContest.com features information, photos and video showcasing the 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival with its theme "Celebrating the Great Outdoors." For information on more special offers, Florida residents can call 407/W-DISNEY, their local travel agent or check out the special Florida Resident section on Disneyworld.com.


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. "Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Grow Your Garden Instant Win Game & Community Garden Essay Contest" starts 3/8/10 at 12:00 AM, ET and ends 4/30/10 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. See Complete Official Rules at www.EpcotGardenContest.com for entry qualifications, participation instructions, judging criteria, prize details, odds of winning Instant Win Game and other important information. Open only to legal residents of Florida who are 18 or older. Void outside of Florida and in all jurisdictions where prohibited.

March 24, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers stars enjoy ESPN's Wide World of Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers stars Ike Taylor (left) and Santonio Holmes (right) play a game of "Madden NFL '10" March 23, 2010 at the PlayStation Pavilion at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new PlayStation Pavilion features PlayStation 3 systems, including a SingStar stage and a collection of the latest video game releases.

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Disney Rescues, Rehabilitates, Releases Endangered Sea Turtle in Mosquito Lagoon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 24, 2010 -- With the arrival of spring and rising temperatures, Disney's Animal Programs returned an endangered green sea turtle to its natural habitat this morning near the Canaveral National Seashore after a successful two-month rehabilitation at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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The healthy, 10-pound patient is one of 14 critically injured sea turtles treated by Disney veterinarians and animal care experts since January as part of a massive effort by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue more than 4,500 sea turtles impacted by record cold temperatures. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility, Walt Disney World Resort is one of several animal rehabilitation centers working with state officials to provide urgent medical care for hundreds of sea turtles that remain in critical condition from this winter's "cold-stun" event.

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Reptiles such as sea turtles are vulnerable to frigid conditions which may slow their metabolism and lead to life-threatening comas, frostbite and other health concerns that interrupt internal organ function. Several sea turtles brought to Disney's Animal Kingdom had suffered severe infections and damaged shells. So far, four of the 14 sea turtles have been successfully rehabilitated and released; today's release brings the total to five. The rest remain under the care of veterinarians and animal care experts in heated, salt-water pools behind Disney's Animal Kingdom.

"We're encouraged by the progress that each animal is making, and are keeping a close watch on several turtles that will require months of intense medical treatment," said Andy Daneault assistant curator of reptiles and amphibians with Disney's Animal Programs.

Some of the released sea turtles have been fitted with transmitters which enable researchers to track their movements. Through satellite technology scientists may discover more about sea turtle habits at sea and identify migratory patterns that could hold the key to their survival. This knowledge helps researchers, conservationists and governing agencies make more informed decisions about sea turtle conservation methods and policies.

"Ultimately, our intent is to contribute to the world's knowledge base of animals through research conducted in a broad spectrum of disciplines, all intended to improve care for animals in zoological habitats and conservation efforts in the wild," according to Jackie Ogden, vice president of animal programs and environmental initiatives for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

As part of this coordinated, statewide rescue effort, Walt Disney World Cast Members logged more than 10,000 miles throughout the state, carrying more than 500 rescued turtles to warmer waters or rehabilitation facilities. They also delivered much-needed equipment and critical medical supplies including towels, bedspreads, syringes, ointments and pharmaceuticals to areas in need. In addition, a team of Disney veterinarians and hospital staff paid a proverbial "house call" to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where they performed delicate surgeries in a makeshift, M*A*S*H-like field hospital along the beach.

Since 1986, Disney animal care teams have nursed more than 250 endangered sea turtles back to health. Many of the turtles have been rescued from cold northern waters, nursed back to health at Disney and released in Florida.

March 26, 2010

Ridemakerz® Revs Into Downtown Disney Orlando

Car customizing shop for kids opens largest interactive experience, complete with real-world show cars!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 25, 2010) - Fun is about to shift into overdrive at Downtown Disney Westside at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. RIDEMAKERZ®, the first-ever car customizing experience for kids and kids at heart, is opening this week for a limited engagement at the 120-acre entertainment, shopping-dining complex. This opening follows the October 2009 launch of a RIDEMAKERZ shop in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., that won the company recognition by Chain Store Age magazine as best worldwide "Pop-Up" store.

The RIDEMAKERZ experience invites guests into the ultimate car customizing shop where they can build a one-of-a-kind radio control car or "RIDE". Between bodystyles and colors, tires and wheels, lights and sounds, accessories and decals, RIDEMAKERZ estimates there are more than 649 million possible build combinations, not including individual decal placement.

"The RIDEMAKERZ experience is pure fun, and the process is designed to spark creativity, encourage collaboration and build confidence," says RIDEMAKERZ ZEO (CEO) Larry Andreini.
In a nod to real-world car culture, RIDEMAKERZ has agreements with several automotive manufacturers to offer versions of today's most popular cars in its line-up. Guests, or "Customizers" can choose from the Ford Mustang and F-250 Super Chief Alternative Fuel Concept Truck, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R and C6RS, Dodge Ram, Challenger, and Viper, MINI Cooper S, and Scion xB. Retro hot rods, fire engines, racecars, cab-over tow and dump trucks, and many more favorites are also available.

Complete RIDEZ range in price from $10 to $32, depending on body and paint style chosen. Radio remote control can be added for an additional $25, and custom accessories range in price from $2 for grill guards, spoilers and hoods scoops to $15 for themed kits that include a wide range of complementary accessories. RIDEZ measure approximately 12 inches long, or 1:18 scale, and are easy to assemble with snap-in, snap-on components that do not require glue.

"RIDEMAKERZ delivers a high-octane experience and one-of-a kind fun," said Downtown Disney Vice President Keith Bradford. "We're excited to add RIDEMAKERZ to our existing portfolio of unique offerings at Downtown Disney. It fills a niche our guest's have been looking for."

RIDEMAKERZ' Orlando shop, which occupies the former home of Virgin Records, delivers an even higher-octane experience to visitors by incorporating a specially designated radio-control test track and real-world auto salon. Eight world-class show cars are on display, including a Chevrolet C5.R racecar built by Pratt & Miller Engineering for General Motors.

The display also features an F150 NASCAR Pace Truck and Dodge Ram from the personal collection of legendary car customizer Chip Foose, as well as a MINI Cooper from the private collection of famed movie car designer Fireball Tim Lawrence.

"The RIDEMAKERZ brand and this shop, in particular, are close to my heart," said Foose during an autograph session at the grand opening on March 25th. "I learned about car customizing from my Dad, and now I get to help pass that experience on to fathers, sons and families across America." Foose also serves as an advisor to RIDEMAKERZ.

ABOUT RIDEMAKERZ

RIDEMAKERZ' mission is to have great fun making cool RIDEZ - with the ultimate vision of contributing to the positive development of kids. Inspired by Build-A-Bear Workshop, a partner and investor, and the increasingly popular car customizing movement, RIDEMAKERZ is about the joy and fun of creating something great, something artistic, and something unique.

RIDEMAKERZ currently operates six shops in Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia. Visit RIDEMAKERZ.com for locations, more information or to purchase RIDEZ.

Starship at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival March 26 - 28, 2010


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Starship starring Mickey Thomas "We Built This City" -
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

March 30, 2010

Innovation + Imagination = New Magical Experiences For Guests Aboard the Disney Dream

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 30, 2010) - Adding to its impressive list of cruise industry firsts, Disney Cruise Line will combine technology-infused innovations and imagination to create a whole new level of magical experiences for families sailing on its newest ship, the Disney Dream. Throughout their cruise vacation, guests will encounter unexpected magic - such as a restaurant that transports guests under the sea, artwork that magically comes to life and youth clubs filled with immersive gaming environments and personalized character encounters.

Disney Cruise Line partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force responsible for designing Disney theme parks and resorts world-wide, to develop new forms of family entertainment for the Disney Dream. New experiences planned for the Disney Dream include:

Animator's Palate
For the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line is re-imagining a fan favorite from the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder - Animator's Palate restaurant. The restaurant design is that of a classic animation studio filled with character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney-Pixar films adorn the walls.

Once the dinner service begins, however, the dining room begins a magical transformation as scores of wall-mounted LCD screens switch to scenes of a vivid undersea environment. It's as if the restaurant was transported to the ocean floor and the LCD screens are windows, providing incredible views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside on the reef.

While dining, Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney-Pixar's "Finding Nemo," makes a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests. Crush will ask guests about the experience onboard the ship and in turn answer questions about life under the sea. While Crush is moving throughout the restaurant, other characters from "Finding Nemo," such as Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Bruce the shark, swim by and visit with guests.

The dining experience culminates with a surfing lesson led by Crush as the EAC (East Australian Current) swirls around the room. As Crush swims away, other characters from "Finding Nemo" make a final appearance before magically turning into pencil sketches.

Interactive Play-floor
For young cruisers, Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab will feature an interactive play-floor, a cruise industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney's panache for storytelling. Located in the main gathering space in both venues, the interactive play-floor allows children to engage in team play exercises where their movements control the action on the interactive floor. For example, one activity has children scrambling around the perimeter of the interactive play-floor with their movements controlling the pitch of a virtual tilt maze.

On the interactive play-floor, children will be able to explore a wide variety of gaming options with varying levels of difficulty. Disney Cruise Line youth counselors will use the interactive play-floor during storytelling activities where children will be able to fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan or ride the ocean waves with Crush.

Living Characters
Also in Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences. On a 103-inch screen, Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar motion picture "Finding Nemo," or the mischievous animated alien Stitch make scheduled appearances to chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed conversations.

Sometimes using silly props from their digital environments, Crush and Stitch amaze and entertain children during real-time, personalized appearances. These magical experiences with Crush and Stitch continue Disney's legacy of bringing characters to life in new and incredible ways.

Enchanted Art
Throughout the Disney Dream, guests will encounter Enchanted Art that immerses guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way. Appearing as traditional framed art, Enchanted Art magically comes alive when guests pause to admire the artwork. Enchanted Art will carry the appearance of popular art mediums - photography, oil paintings, paper sculpture, travel posters and animation cells. In reality though, they are framed LCD screens made to look like artwork through special effects and recognizes when a guest is present which triggers the animated sequence. Guests may see new and different animations each time they come back and visit the Enchanted Art pieces.

In addition, the Enchanted Art is used as part of a one-of-a-kind detective themed adventure where guests of all ages join a ship-wide quest to find either stolen artwork or missing puppies. By using a simple card that serves as a high-tech detective device, guests can peer behind virtual canvases and discover clues that will lead them to solve the mystery and capture the villain responsible. A self-paced adventure, the game offers six potential villains and features randomized events so each time a guest plays they will encounter a different and unique gaming experience.

Virtual Porthole
The Disney Dream carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all inside staterooms. Virtual Portholes offer a "window" to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. High-definition cameras placed on the exterior of the ship feed live video to each Virtual Porthole. The live video feed corresponds to the stateroom location - with a view to port, starboard, forward or aft.

As guests are observing the outside views, they may glimpse a magical surprise: animated characters may pop by the Virtual Porthole. Characters may include Peach the starfish from the Disney"�Pixar film "Finding Nemo," the flying balloon house from "UP" or even Mickey Mouse.

The Disney Dream is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage Jan. 26, 2011, and will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. During summer months, the ship will alternate four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay.

Growth is Underway at Epcot: Two New Restaurants, Two New Stores Set to Open in 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 30, 2010 - Just in time for the 15th Annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Walt Disney World guests will be able to experience the newest enhancements to the World Showcase at Epcot - a new lagoon-side, 12,000 sq. ft. taqueria at the Mexico pavilion, an authentic 14,000 sq. ft. pizzeria at the Italy pavilion, a new merchandise kiosk at the China pavilion, and a new exclusive Givenchy shop at the France pavilion.

Building on its more than 25 years of success in bringing Mexican cuisine to Walt Disney World guests, San Angel Inn, LLC will open a new 400-seat waterside restaurant and quick-service food location specializing in the freshly baked culinary flavors of Mexico. The Cantina de San Angel Restaurant, located directly in front of the Mexico pavilion in the World Showcase, is currently closed until fall 2010 for a significant refurbishment and expansion. The new indoor and outdoor restaurant will be nearly four times larger than the previous 3,500 sq. ft. Cantina.

The Cantina will serve as the first flex- service restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney research has shown that guests prefer a quick lunch while spending a day at the parks and enjoy a nice tableside restaurant experience in the evening hours. As a result, the new restaurant will serve quick service meals during the day where guests can enjoy an indoor, air-conditioned dining, or outdoor dining experience. Then, in the evening hours the restaurant is converted into a tableside restaurant where reservations are recommended.

At the Italy pavilion, the Patina Restaurant Group will expand its Italian culinary options by opening a new 300-seat pizzeria that will feature traditional Italian dishes straight from wood-burning ovens representing Italy's infamous volcanoes. Guests will be immersed in the dining experience as they take in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the Italian delicacies, Florentine architecture, vaulted-ceilings, and indoor and outdoor dining. Based on its success at Naples 45 in New York, the Patina Restaurant Group will import water from a source where the composition most resembles water used in Naples, Italy, to make the authentic Italian dough.

"Together with the addition of the pizzeria and the extensive refurbishment of the Cantina, we're expanding the table service restaurant seats in World Showcase by approximately 20 percent," said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot. "We're excited about this significant expansion, which will certainly enhance the guest experience and the architectural landscape of World Showcase. The timing couldn't be better since we will be celebrating our 15th annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival."

This week, a new 20 x14 merchandise kiosk, Good Fortune Gifts, opened in front of the China pavilion. Together with Joy of Tea beverage kiosk, Good Fortune Gifts, provides an atmosphere of a small Chinese market along the World Showcase promenade.

By September, Givenchy will open a 300 sq. ft. shop at the France pavilion that will be the only retail location in the United States to offer the full line of Givenchy make-up and skincare products, as well as, a large selection of Givenchy fragrances. Currently small selections of Givenchy perfumes are available in The Plume Shop.

At Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom, guests can experience a newly-updated menu. The restaurant features hearty and fresh regional English cooking such as: Cottage Pies, Chicken Pies, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef Sandwich, Yorkshire Puddings, Mushy Peas, and more.

March 31, 2010

Tony Orlando Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival April 2 - 4, 2010

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

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