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April 5, 2010

Disney Online Honors Winner of Pixiehollow.com Fairy House Design Contest

Winning Design Revealed During Special Celebration at 17th Annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival
Tinker Bell throws a pixie dust salute to Zoe P, winner of the pixiehollow.com "Design a Fairy House" contest at Epcot.

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WALT DISNEY WORLD® RESORT - LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - April 3, 2010 - Disney Online announced today the winner of its "Design a Fairy House Art Contest," which ran in February on the popular online world for girls, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (www.PixieHollow.com). The fairy house, inspired by 15-year-old winning designer, Zoe P., from Frazier Park, Calif., was revealed during a special ceremony in the Pixie Hollow Garden at the 17th Annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival. Zoe and her family were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion, as the fairy house will be on display for the duration of the festival.

Zoe P, winner of the pixiehollow.com "Design a Fairy House" contest closely examines her Fairy House at Epcot. Her design was chosen from thousands of entries and built by the horticulture team at Walt Disney World Resort.

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The winning house design was selected by DisneyToon Studios filmmakers, currently working on the upcoming "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue," coming to Disney Blu-ray and DVD this Fall. Director Brad Raymond, and the film's Producer, Helen Kalafatic, attended the celebration to personally congratulate the winner, meet with Tinker Bell fans and sign autographs.

Tinker Bell and Terence were on hand to celebrate with Zoe P, winner of the pixiehollow.com "Design a Fairy House" contest at Epcot. The pixie dust salute was enjoyed by Director, Brad Raymond and Producer, Helen Kalafatic of "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue" and VP of Epcot, Dan Cockerell.

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"We were thrilled to honor Zoe and her winning design at this very special celebration," said Jason Everett, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow product director. "This contest offered the Pixie Hollow community an exciting opportunity to utilize their love for Disney Fairies as inspiration to create their very own fairy house art design. To see that design come to life and be featured in the Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival is truly a delight for everyone."

About Disney Fairies
Disney Fairies is rooted in Disney's rich heritage of children's storytelling. The franchise builds upon the enormous popularity of Tinker Bell and introduces girls to her secret, magical world and a new circle of enchanting Fairy friends - Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta and Silvermist - each with an incredibly diverse talent, personality and look. Launched just a few years ago, the $800 million franchise boasts a thriving publishing and lifestyle merchandising program. To date, over 575 Disney Fairies books and over 125 Tinker Bell movie books have published worldwide in 60 countries and 35 languages, selling nearly 18 million copies; Disney Fairies magazines have sold over 7.5 million copies in 28 countries and an array of products from apparel and toys to electronics, home décor and stationery has extended storylines into many girls' homes across the globe. DisneyFairies.com is now available in more than 20 territories across North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Fans have created more than 25 million personalized Fairy avatars to date that can take flight in the virtual world of Pixie Hollow. Disney theme parks have also launched a Pixie Hollow attraction where fans can meet the Disney Fairies. Following the success of Walt Disney Pictures Tinker Bell on Disney Blu-ray and hi-def DVD, Disney released Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure as the second title in the series in October 2009. The Disney Fairies are highlighted in the production of Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, and additionally, Tinker Bell is in four other Disney On Ice shows touring the world.

April 6, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum May 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum May 2010 Events Calendar
Fly off to Never Land and never grow up" Meet our original "Wendy" - Kathryn Beaumont in May at The Walt Disney Family Museum


FILM OF THE MONTH

Peter Pan (1940)
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays and May 22.)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

May you never grow up! Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk you away to Never Land where adventures with fairies and pirates abound. May you live a magical and mischievous life forever!


MUSIC

May 1 - StringCircle Quartet
4:00 pm, Special Exhibition Hall
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

The StringCircle Quartet plays an unusual and exciting piece by composer George Onslow (1784-1853). Onslow's work was admired by both Beethoven and Schubert. Jonathan Dimmock joins in for the Piano Quintet in E-flat major of Robert Schumann.


MAY LECTURES

May 22 - Voice-over in Animation: Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Wendy
3:00 pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Discover what it was like to be the voice of Wendy in Peter Pan from Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont! She will discuss her experiences as a voice-over artist, what it was like to work with Walt, and how animation and voice-acting combine to create all of our favorite animated films.


PUBLIC PROGRAMMING FOR MAY

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

May 8 - Peter Pan Adventure Diary
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members-just show your membership card.


LOOK CLOSER:

May 28, 29 +30 - Peter Pan: J.M. Barrie's Book vs. Walt Disney's Treatment
11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Theater Lobby

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts-and behind the scenes information during the 30-minute gallery talk.

The Look Closer series is free with paid admission or paid membership.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

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WEBSITE: waltdisney.org

TWITTER: twitter.com/wdfmuseum

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum

April 7, 2010

Herman's Hermits at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival April 9-11, 2010

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April 9 - 11, 2010, FLOWER POWER: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone will highlight the
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.

'Hoppy' Easter in the Magic Kingdom

'HOPPY' EASTER IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny ride in grand style down Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom April 4, 2010. The floppy-eared bunnies are among the highlights of Easter holiday activities at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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When You Wish Upon a Star

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

Space shuttle Discovery is seen April 5, 2010 lifting off over Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The pre-dawn launch with the crew of STS-131 occurred at 6:21 a.m. EDT in nearby Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Singer Darius Rucker and family at Magic Kingdom -- April 6, 2010

MAGIC CARPET RIDE

Singer/songwriter Darius Rucker (front, left) takes flight April 6, 2010 on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with daughter Dani, 9, (front, center), son Jack, 5, (front, right), daughter Cary, 14, (back, right) and family friend Rachel Herman, 15, (back, left). Rucker, former lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & The Blowfish, won "New Artist of the Year" at the 2009 Country Music Association Awards. Rucker is vacationing with his family at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Visitors to Tokyo Disney Resort Will Learn New Ways to Vacation with Disney

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TOKYO, Japan. (April 7, 2010) - Disney Vacation Club announced today that its first international sales preview center will offer Tokyo-area residents and visitors a convenient and exciting way to learn firsthand about Disney Vacation Club, an innovative vacation-ownership program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on decades of future vacations. As Disney affinity is very high in Japan, the Tokyo market is an ideal international entryway for the Disney Vacation Club brand.

"We are thrilled to announce our first ever international sales preview center in one of Disney's most popular markets and to bring the magic of Disney Vacation Club to Tokyo," said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. "Our new sales center at the Tokyo Disney Resort is ideal for bringing our timeshare brand to a whole new group of families looking to vacation at our Disney Vacation Club Resort hotels, including Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas in Ko Olina, Hawai'i, and at more than 500 other destinations worldwide."

The new Disney Vacation Club presence at the Tokyo Disney Resort is scheduled to include an approximately 15,000 sq. ft sales preview center at the Ikspiari shopping complex, as well as information centers located throughout the theme parks and hotels. The new sales preview center is planned to showcase the accommodations at Disney Vacation Club Resort hotels, most of which offer home-like amenities such as a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. The spacious room sizes range from a studio with approximately 350 sq. ft. to a grand villa with approximately 2,100 sq. ft. Disney Vacation Club's convenient location in Tokyo will give visitors a glimpse of the vacation choices they have, from a magical stay at the Walt Disney World Resort or a relaxing cruise aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship to a family-friendly, interactive Adventures by Disney trip or a jaunt to more than 500 other popular vacation locations around the world.


"Our first two offsite sales preview center locations have been very popular and a great way for Chicago- and New York-area residents and visitors to learn more about the family vacation experiences available with Disney and beyond," said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. "Now, we are delighted to bring Disney Vacation Club to Tokyo so that even more people can share the experience of vacation ownership. Disney Vacation Club offers families a new way to vacation and shows that additional space in the room can lead to even more relaxation during the vacation."

To help families envision just what those vacations will entail, the Disney Vacation Club sales preview center is planned to feature a full-scale, 1,336 sq. ft. two-bedroom model of the vacation home accommodations Disney Vacation Club members and their families can expect to find on the island of O'ahu at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i.

"Disney changed the industry by bringing the vacation experience to a local shopping location," said Howard C. Nusbaum, president and chief executive officer of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). "Now, the new Disney Vacation Club sales preview center in Tokyo will give Japanese families the opportunity to see how timeshare accommodations differ from traditional hotel rooms."

Designed to create a fun and immersive experience, the Disney Vacation Club sales preview center is planned to go beyond featuring model accommodations to offer an interactive family vacation discovery zone, comfortable discussion areas and a supervised children's play area within its approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space. At full operation, plans call for the Disney Vacation Club sales preview center to employ a total of 65 people.

For more information about Disney Vacation Club, please visit www.disneyvacationclub.com.

April 8, 2010

Remy - Adult Exclusive Dining on the Disney Dream

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Remy on the Disney Dream is an intimate Adult Exclusive restaurant located on Deck 12, Aft that serves the finest in French-inspired cuisine for dinner. Offering the most upscale dining experience on board, Remy features spectacular ocean views and a warm, sophisticated décor-the perfect romantic setting for Guests 18 years of age and older.

Dining at Remy is like being transported to an authentic fine-dining restaurant in France. The luxurious dining room is softly lit and designed in a timeless Art Nouveau style featuring soft greens, rich reds, and gold tones. Graceful, sinuous lines adorn the chair backs, glass and wall etchings, as sweeping floral and leaf designs ornament the carpet and lighting. Adding to the refined ambience, tables are set with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware, and china created exclusively for the restaurant. The adorable Remy character appears in artful ways throughout the restaurant's design for a touch of Disney magic.

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Dinner

Boasting a French-inspired menu featuring superior seasonal ingredients from around the globe, dining at Remy is a leisurely affair. Beginning with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail that is prepared at your table, dinner is comprised of 8 to 9 small courses accompanied by a stellar wine list. Elegant touches include a tableside trolley for international cheeses, decanting stations for wines, and an after-dinner coffee service offering French press and grand crème.

Exact serving times for dinner and menu items are soon to be determined.

Private Chef's Table

For an even more memorable dining experience, Remy boasts a special Chef's Table dining room where Guests can enjoy a unique multi-course menu while interacting with the head chef. This special room seats 16 and features elegant, Ratatouille-inspired décor that includes bold red chairs and drapes, shimmering chandeliers and inviting scenes of Paris on the walls.

The Wine Room

Up to 16 Guests can choose to dine in a luxurious glass-walled room with marble flooring amid more than 900 bottles of wine, including a rare selection of Old World wines balanced with a solid selection of New World wines. Once dinner is booked and Guests are on board, they are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy's wine room to taste and pre-select their wines for the evening.

Remy Reservations

Reservations are required and can be made online or on board the ship. When dining at Remy, Guests will skip the regularly scheduled Main Dining restaurant.

Online reservations are available at the following times:
Concierge Guests: 120 days in advance
Castaway Club Levels:

Platinum Castaways: 120 days in advance
Gold Castaways: 105 days in advance
Silver Cataways: 90 days in advance
First Time Cruiser: 75 days in advance

Reserved Guests are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy's Wine Room to taste and pre-select their evening wines once onboard.

An additional charge is required to dine at Remy and has yet to be determined.

Dress Code

A dress shirt or jacket is required to be worn for men and a dress or pantsuit is required to be worn by women. No jeans allowed.

Meridian

Located between Remy and Palo, Meridian is an adults-only lounge inspired by the early-and adventurous-days of sea travel, where Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner or post-dinner cocktail amid an indoor ocean view setting or breezy outdoor deck. The décor incorporates navigational tools, maps on the walls, and an illuminated constellation map above the maitre d' station. Meridian's outdoor deck also provides a perfect spot to watch a romantic sunset or to relax with a cigar selected from a fine assortment available at the bar.

Disney Cruise Line is currently putting the finishing touches on Remy.

Disney Dream images are artist renderings; actual construction may vary.


April 10, 2010

Jay DeMarcus of "Rascal Flatts"

Jay DeMarcus (left) of the country music trio "Rascal Flatts," and his mother Caron Myers (right) pose April 9, 2010 with Pluto in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. DeMarcus took his mother to Walt Disney World to celebrate her 60th birthday.

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April 13, 2010

Southwest Airlines Joins Resort Airline Check-In at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Apr. 7, 2010 - Southwest Airlines, the busiest carrier at Orlando International Airport, is now officially a part of Resort Airline Check-In at Walt Disney World Resort.

Resort Airline Check-In is the popular service that allows guests the convenience of checking their bags through to their final destination before leaving their hotel. With the addition of Southwest Airlines to the service, more than 90% of domestic passengers who depart Central Florida for Orlando International Airport will have Resort Airline Check-In service available to them at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

According to Orlando International Airport, nearly one of every four guests who flies into the airport arrives on Southwest Airlines. Many Southwest passengers already use Disney's Magical Express service for transport to and from the airport. Since guests flying on Southwest Airlines no longer need to carry their own luggage through the airport and may go directly to security check, Resort Airline Check-In could help reduce terminal traffic and reduce wait times at Orlando International Airport.

Disney and Southwest launched a pilot program at Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's All-Star Resorts to test the impact of Southwest's baggage on the Resort Airline Check-In program.

"The testing proved to be very smooth, seamless progression," according to Steve Schreiber, general manger of Disney's All-Star Resort. "Luggage handling is not the most fun part of a guest's vacation. When the worry of luggage is no longer a concern, guests can spend a longer time enjoying their vacation, rather than trying to manage luggage."

Since March 9, Resort Airline Check-In with Southwest Airlines has been gradually rolled out to all but two Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, culminating with the addition of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa the week of April 6.

Upon completion of a construction project at Disney's Old Key West Resort and an assessment at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Resort Airline Check-In with Southwest Airlines should be available at every Walt Disney World Resort hotel by the end of 2010.

April 15, 2010

New option offers alternative to borrowing vacation points

Beginning April 15, Disney Vacation Club® has a convenient new solution for Members who find themselves in need of additional vacation points to book a reservation.

This new option, designed as an alternative to borrowing from next year's allotment, allows Members the option of paying for a one-time assignment of as many as 24 vacation points from Disney Vacation Development, Inc., for $15 a vacation point ($13.33 plus $1.67 tax) to complete their reservation. (A receipt is available upon request.)

Members may use these vacation points to book Disney Vacation Club Resorts, Disney Collection Resorts, Disney Cruise Line® voyages, Adventures by Disney experiences and World Passport Collection resorts.

Note that this option is available once each use year, and the transferred vacation points are assigned only for the specific use year and therefore expire when used.

April 16, 2010

The Nelsons - Epcot's Flower Power Concerts April 16-18, 2010

The Nelsons "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"

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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.

April 18, 2010

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival

Full Menu Features Complimentary Demonstrations, Celebrity Chefs and
Signature Ticketed Experiences April 16 through May 31

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney's California Food & Wine Festival will create a kaleidoscope of culinary experiences for guests of every palate April 16-May 31 at Disney's California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.

Chefs, winemakers and brewmasters will celebrate The Art of Flavor at this year's tantalizing festival, which features entertaining culinary demonstrations, outstanding wine and spirits seminars, and delicious food, wine and beer. For details about the Festival* events, visit www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.

Look for chefs Guy Fieri and Cat Cora of Food Network, along with Disney culinary masters and special guests as they present their gastronomic talents in a full menu of complimentary demonstrations and signature paid events. The signature events include Sweet Sundays, "Taste Wine Like an Expert" classes, and Taste Food-Wine-Life, a night that celebrates the essence of the festival with a mosaic of food, wine and live entertainment.

Opening weekend features celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the popular television personality and "food dude" who appears on shows such as "Guy's Big Bite" on the Food Network. Fieri will conduct complimentary food demonstrations on the Festival's main stage Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17.

"Disney's California Food & Wine Festival is a great time," Fieri said. "Of course the kids love Disneyland, but now this is something extra for the adults. It's incredible chefs, great wines from around the world and Disney. You're gonna dig it. See you there!"

Some events, including culinary demonstrations, are included with admission to Disney's California Adventure park. Signature events are separately ticketed and require reservations.

Disney's California Food & Wine Festival includes experiences for anyone who appreciates the art of food, wine and beer.

The Hollywood Pictures Backlot comes to life as the new hub of energy and excitement, complete with artists, musicians and an international beer menu at the Brewers Collection. At the new Festival Showplace located in Stage 12, guests will sample from the delicious tapas menu at the Taste of California Marketplace and relax at the new Hollywood & Wine Lounge.

Among the most popular events at the festival are live culinary demonstrations and autograph sessions with popular celebrity chefs. Along with Guy Fieri and Cat Cora, those scheduled to present include Robert Irvine, Jeffrey Saad and Kerry Simon.
Hundreds of complimentary experiences and cooking demonstrations will entertain guests during the 46-day festival, many featuring the talents of Disneyland Resort chefs. Guests will also enjoy seminars that feature outstanding wine, spirits and beer.

At the spectacular ticketed events, food and wine aficionados will collect cooking tips from chefs, mingle with noted winemakers and celebrate the palette of flavors presented by culinary masters.

Events returning for 2010 include the gala Taste Food-Wine-Life" and other popular experiences:

Taste Food-Wine-Life: This fun, high-energy evening combines the best elements of the Food & Wine Festival into one grand celebration, May 29. The immersive party has live entertainment, an outstanding selection of wines and colorful décor. Guests will stroll from station to station sampling delectable food dishes created by the chefs of Disneyland Resort.

Sweet Sundays: The sweetest of all events features a light buffet breakfast and sparkling toast at the new Festival Showplace in Disney's California Adventure. Guests will see demonstrations and taste signature desserts created by acclaimed pastry chefs, including Richard Ruskell of Montage Beverly Hills.

"Taste Wine Like an Expert": In this entertaining class, Advanced Sommelier Joy Cushing introduces guests to the joys of wine tasting. Guests will learn about wine regions, varietals, growing and harvesting techniques and then test their skills with a blind tasting.

Festival events held in Disney's California Adventure may require park admission, which is not included in the event price. For details and pricing information, visit www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.

April 20, 2010

Lights, Water, Animation! 'World of Color' Water Spectacular Debuts June 11 at Disney's California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lights, water, music, fire and animation will come together like never before on June 11 when "World of Color" makes its dazzling debut at Disney's California Adventure theme park. The show is choreographed with revolutionary technology that creates a playful, nighttime spectacular and a new way for guests to experience Disney stories - from the charming to the adventurous.

Presented on Paradise Bay in Disney's California Adventure park, "World of Color" is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of the park. The show combines nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, popular Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on massive screens of water. "World of Color" floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics, such as "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid," along with Disney-Pixar films including "Toy Story" and "WALL-E."

"What's great about 'World of Color' is there's something for everybody," said Steve Davison of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

"World of Color" will take water-infused entertainment to a new level of artistry. Disney's newest production features an unprecedented infrastructure of water effects, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, fog, surround sound and moving fountains that can shoot spouts from 30 feet to 200 feet high. Technical wizardry integrates all the media with one of the biggest show control system ever built; more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.

"World of Color" debuts this year as part of "Summer Nightastic!" - a lineup of exciting, after-dark entertainment that will illuminate the night at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks. "Summer Nightastic!" will run from June 11 through Aug. 29, while "World of Color" will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay.

At Disneyland park, "Fantasmic!" ignites the night with thrills, life-like creatures including a fire-breathing dragon, and spine-tingling adventures for Sorcerer Mickey. In the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle, "Magical" sparks to life with a dazzling firework spectacular in which colorful, choreographed pyrotechnics burst and soar to a soundtrack of Disney songs. "Magical" features both Tinker Bell and Dumbo in flight over the castle.

The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks - Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park - plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The resort's three hotels are the luxurious, newly expanded 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with its "day-at-the-beach" fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

April 27, 2010

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day, Walt Disney World Resort “Lightens Up” on Energy Use

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Apr. 24, 2010 - One small change by Walt Disney World Cast Members has the potential to save enough electricity to power more than one thousand homes for a year.

Disney Cast Members are retrofitting more than 1000 theatrical spotlights and floodlights around the resort with more efficient and longer-lasting light fixtures. Some of the fixtures include LED (light emitting diode) lights which can be 330% more efficient than other lights. For example, a 575-watt spotlight may be replaced with a 70-watt LED light that puts out the same light equivalent.

Some of the attractions slated to "lighten up" include Gran Fiesta Tour, Living with the Land, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Test Track, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Snow White's Scary Adventure and many more. Engineers estimate this one small change will save more than 2.5 million kilowatt hours annually, which is enough to power to light 1135 homes for a year.

Walt Disney World Resort recently intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization.

April 28, 2010

Captain EO Returning to Walt Disney World

The Captain returns!

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Captain EO is coming back to Walt Disney World July 2, 2010.

The film features Michael Jackson as "Captain EO" and a crew of Disney-created space characters. During their journey, the group uses the power of dance, light and music to turn a colorless planet into a world of color and happiness.

The classic musical spectacular, which thrilled Epcot guests from 1986-1994, is scheduled to return to Epcot on July 2. The film's return to the Imagination pavilion will provide new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3-D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see Jackson in a rare performance created for the big screen.

The Honey, I Shrunk The Audience attraction will close temporarily for a refurbishment sometime in the next few weeks to make way for the captain's return.

Captain EO also will return to two other Disney parks locations this summer. It is scheduled to open at Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 and Disneyland Paris on June 12.


More Toy-Full Than Ever! Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3’ is Celebrated with New Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s California Adventure Fun

New characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney-Pixar film "Toy Story 3" are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney's California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from "Toy Story 3" - Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. He's the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

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Toy Story Mania! - the 4-D interactive ride-game attraction inspired by the Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" films - is extremely popular with Disney Parks guests on both coasts. This high-energy, immersive adventure puts players squarely in the action as their game play triggers surprises that deliver a fourth dimension of fun. Toy Story Mania! engages guests in a whole new way with delightful characters of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2."

Starting in late May, Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and the gang are joined by a whole new set of characters from "Toy Story 3." The new game greeting guests, "Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts," invites riders to shoot their virtual darts at all-new balloon targets in a primeval world filled with volcanoes and lava balloons, explained Sue Bryan, senior show producer, director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Game players are welcomed by Rex (the nervous Tyrannosaurus rex) and his new friend Trixie (a blue Triceratops and one of the toy characters from the new film) cheering them on. The new game (it replaces "Bo Peep's Baaa-loon Pop") turns up the fun with more hidden surprises and the potential for volcanic levels of excitement. Other changes:


The "Hamm & Eggs" game will now be hosted by Hamm and Buttercup (a toy unicorn with heart-shaped nostrils).

In the prize scene, Trixie, Buttercup, Dolly (a doll), Mr. Pricklepants (a lederhosen-clad hedgehog) and one other surprise - all from "Toy Story 3" - will appear with Woody and Jessie.
"Our number-one goal in creating Toy Story Mania! was to come up with game-play challenges appropriate for all guests, from little kids to serious gamers," Bryan said. "I love that we are keeping things fresh and new by adding these great new friends and fun to join some of the most popular characters of all time."


About Toy Story Mania!

In the timeless tradition of Disney storytelling, Toy Story Mania! takes its inspiration from the fact that Andy's toys spring to life whenever he is away. Soon after Andy got a "Midway Games Play Set" for his latest birthday, the toys jumped at their first chance to open the box and set up the game booths and carnival trams so everyone could ride and play. That means "no assembly required" for their game-playing guests - just nonstop fun. (That is, until Andy gets home!)

Arriving guests are welcomed by Mr. Potato Head, more than five feet tall and looking like he stepped right down from the movie screen. The state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics Mr. Potato Head makes a perfect carnival barker, capable of engaging guests in two-way conversation and encouraging them to "step right up" for the immersive Toy Story Mania! experience.

Everyone gets a front row seat when guests put on their 3-D glasses, "shrink" to the size of a toy and board Toy Story Mania! carnival tram ride vehicles which add a huge amount of fun to the interactive experience. The exciting and colorful route takes guests through "Andy's Bedroom" filled with oversized murals and toys. The vehicles angle to face Toy Story Mania! game booths - high-tech yet rooted in classic midway games of skill - and guests aim for 3-D animated targets using their own on-board spring-action shooters. Players pair up and sit side-by-side for a friendly competition that delivers an ever-changing variety of targets and surprises.

As they play, guests can actually see the "virtual" objects they've launched leave their
spring-action shooters and hit (or miss) the targets. And thanks to 4-D special-effects technology, they may sense objects whirring past them as they pop out of the 3-D scenes.

The Toy Story Mania! games - five of them, plus an introductory practice round - are designed to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and skills, from beginners to experienced gamers. Play is energized by the spirit of the "Toy Story" characters cast in games that best suit their very animated personalities.

No matter how many times guests return to ride and play, they can be sure every ride-through will seem different.

Pixar Animation Studies is creating animation of the new characters plus animation for "Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts." New music - a dino-themed version of Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me" - comes from veteran music editor and Newman collaborator Bruno Coon, who did the original music for the attraction.

Toy Story Mania! was the first time that Walt Disney Imagineering created an attraction for two Disney parks simultaneously. The attraction opened in California and Florida in 2008.

More Fun in Store

Disney Parks guests not only get to play with "Toy Story 3" characters in Toy Story Mania! starting in late May - they get to see another new character from the film.

Starting May 9, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear will join his "Toy Story" pals in the delightful "Pixar Play Parade" at Disney's California Adventure and "Block Party Bash" at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

In addition, Disney's Hollywood Studios guests can pose for photos with Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in the meet-and-greet area inside The Magic of Disney Animation. Over at Disney's California Adventure, guests can pose alongside the "Toy Story" gang inside a life-sized "blister pack" as if they themselves are toys.

About the Movie

"Toy Story 3" welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it's all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces - some plastic, some plush - join the fun. "Toy Story 3" disney.go.com/toystory/ is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3-D. Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3" debuts nationwide on June 18, 2010.

April 30, 2010

‘Summer Nightastic!’ Opens June 11 at Disneyland Resort with Spectacular New ‘World of Color’ Show and Returning Favorites ‘Magical’ Fireworks, ‘Fantasmic!’

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 29, 2010) - Summer nights at Disneyland Resort will be brighter and more exciting than ever as "Summer Nightastic!" returns, bringing with it the most dazzling show of all: the new "World of Color."

Presented on Paradise Bay, "World of Color" is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of Disney's California Adventure park. The show combines hundreds of versatile, performing fountains, popular Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on giant screens of water. "World of Color" floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics such as "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid" along with Disney-Pixar films including "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo."

"Nighttime is especially exciting during the summer at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks," said George A. Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort. "The addition of 'World of Color' to our 'Summer Nightastic!' entertainment program continues to raise the bar for the after-dark experience at Disneyland Resort."

The premiere of "World of Color" will add new sparkle to an already radiant lineup of favorite nighttime experiences in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. A formidable, fire-breathing dragon joined the cast of "Fantasmic!" last summer, and the "Magical" fireworks spectacular also debuted in 2009, sending Dumbo into the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time.

"Summer Nightastic!" 2010 premieres Friday, June 11, and continues nightly through Sunday, Aug. 29, at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. "Magical" fireworks continue through Labor Day weekend. "World of Color" and "Fantasmic!" will continue to entertain guests on select dates year-round.

MORE 'FANTASMIC!' THAN EVER: Guests will enjoy magical thrills in the popular "Fantasmic!" spectacular on the Rivers of America in Frontierland. Recent enhancements include the climactic transformation of the evil Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" into a fully animated 40-foot-tall dragon. The show has also added cutting-edge digital video technology and an appearance by Flotsam and Jetsam, the slithering eels who serve Ursula the Sea Witch in "The Little Mermaid."

'MAGICAL' CELEBRATION IN THE SKY: Now entering its second summer, "Magical" has proven that the Disneyland Resort continues to outdo itself when it comes to sensational fireworks shows. The familiar image of Tinker Bell lights up the show, now followed by another airborne Disney character, Dumbo the flying elephant, who dances across the night sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Acclaimed puppeteer Michael Curry, whose credits include Olympic opening ceremonies and "The Lion King" on Broadway, has created a Dumbo with lifelike movements that are accentuated by the show's marvelous melodies. Tink waves her wand to awaken a fantastic array of Disney's most magical characters: Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, and the Three Good Fairies from "Sleeping Beauty."

NEW FACES IN TOY STORY MANIA!: With the June 2010 release of the Disney-Pixar animated motion picture "Toy Story 3," a new game and some new characters from "Toy Story 3" will take their places in the "virtual midway" of the Toy Story Mania! attraction along Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure. Guests who experience the interactive ride-game attraction will encounter exciting, new challenges presented by fun, new faces this summer. In addition, there will be opportunities for up-close fun with an all-new character from "Toy Story 3" - Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN TOMORROWLAND: Summer is a time for tweens, teens and families to hang out and dance the night away at the TLT Dance Club on Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland. Dazzling décor includes an illuminated DJ console where the TLT Dance Club DJ spins dance tunes guaranteed to keep Tomorrowland rockin' all night. Live bands and DJs from the hottest Southern California radio stations will appear on selected nights throughout the summer.

PIXIE HOLLOW ENCHANTMENT: Tucked into the glen near the entrance to Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Pixie Hollow home of Tinker Bell and her friends comes to life at night in iridescent light shows. Pixie dust cascades across the landscape and radiates into the pond. Even the water becomes enchanted as playful fountains spring to life, pop jets perform with whimsical precision and sparkling strobes shine throughout Pixie Hollow. As always, Tinker Bell herself is there to greet guests and welcome them into her magical realm.

BARGAINS AND SPECIAL EXPERIENCES FOR THE COST-CONSCIOUS TRAVELER: Guests looking for a Disneyland Resort getaway on a budget will find great savings this summer at any of the three on-site resort hotels. Through Sept. 1, savings options include up to 40 percent off the room rates at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; up to 35 percent off at the Disneyland Hotel; or up to 30 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. These hotel room offers require a two-night minimum stay. Guests staying at any one of the Disneyland Resort hotels are within easy walking distance of both theme parks and the exciting shopping, dining and entertainment of the Downtown Disney District. Other resort hotel benefits include Disney character wake-up calls, easy access to character dining locations, and a "Key to the Magic" card - a pass that allows guests to charge meals and merchandise to their hotel accounts. And of course, staying in a Disneyland Resort hotel entitles guests to legendary Disney service from the moment of check-in. For guests in search of a complete package for a longer vacation, Disneyland Resort offers "2 More Nights Free." Guests who book by Sept. 1 can receive two extra nights of hotel accommodations and two more days of admission added to their theme park tickets for free, when they book a three-night, three-day Disneyland Resort vacation package. The special vacation package provides guests five days and nights of magical Disneyland Resort experiences, for the price of three. Guests who book "2 More Nights Free" and hotel guests with admission tickets will enjoy the additional benefits of one Magic Morning early admission to Disneyland and select attractions.

More information about "Summer Nightastic!" can be found at www.disneyland.com/summer.

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