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June 1, 2010

'Disney Dream' reaches major construction milestone

Workers from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany cut free the final building block May 31, 2010, for the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, "Disney Dream."


The final block placed was a 260-ton portion of the ship's bow.


With all 80 building blocks for the Disney Dream now in place, the focus shifts to outfitting the interiors spaces that include the whimsical, Disney-infused children's spaces, dynamically chic adult nightclubs, spectacular restaurants and elaborate theatres.


On January 26, 2011, the "Disney Dream" will set sail from Port Canaveral, Fla. on her maiden voyage and take family cruising to all-new heights.

World of Color Debuts June 11 at Disney California Adventure

The Stage is Set for World of Color

The lagoon is full, the walls are down and the lights are on as Walt Disney Imagineers put their final touches of pixie dust on "World of Color" at Disney's California Adventure park. We take you inside the control booth for an exclusive look at the process of this one-of-a-kind spectacular that combines music, fire, water and your favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to create this magical show. The lagoon officially lights up with "World of Color" for guests on June 11.

AllEars will be on hand to report on the Grand Opening Celebration!

June 2, 2010

World of Color’ – It’s Delicious

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 1, 2010) "World of Color" is all about color, music, water, fun and the pleasures of Disney storytelling. To make the experience even more wonderful at Disney's California Adventure park, it can be paired with delicious food and beverage selections. Before arriving at the park, guests also will be able to pre-purchase a meal that comes with reserved viewing for "World of Color."

Guests may choose from several different meals-with-reserved-viewing programs. These provide a magical dining experience along with a choice vantage point from which to enjoy the new "World of Color" after-dark spectacular. Other fun treats include "World of Color" novelty drinks, snacks and accessories

Meal-with-viewing options are limited in availability, at these locations:

"World of Color" Picnic Meals at Golden Vine Winery*

• Beginning June 11, guests can go online and order a special boxed picnic meal that includes "World of Color" Reserved Viewing. Picnic meals may be ordered online - www.disneyland.com - or by walk-up purchase, subject to availability, at the Sonoma Terrace, Golden Vine Winery. They are not available for order via the 714/781-DINE line.

• Online orders may be placed up to 60 days in advance. Meals may be picked up at Sonoma Terrace from 2 p.m. to up to one hour prior to "World of Color" show time.

• Picnic meal options include four selections for adults: The All American (cold honey-stung fried chicken), The Taste of Asia (chilled miso-glazed salmon), The European Antipasto (cured meats, regional cheeses, artichoke heart, sun-dried tomato) and The Mediterranean Vegetarian (marinated grilled vegetables in a whole wheat wrap with roasted garlic hummus).

Kids' options include The Junior All American (chicken), The Lunchbox Classic (peanut butter and jelly) and The Little Squirt's Box (apple wedges, string cheese).

• Beer and wine for adults are available at an additional cost.

• As a special bonus for pre-purchasing a meal, the entire party's online order will be packaged in a souvenir "World of Color" reusable tote.

• Guests who opt for a walk-up purchase at the park will be able to buy individual picnic meals that also include admission to the "World of Color" Reserved Viewing area if space is available.

• All picnic meals with "World of Color" Reserved Viewing are priced at $14.99 and must be redeemed for the designated reserved show date and time. No refunds, exchanges or other discounts.

The following dining options must be reserved by calling 714/781-DINE. Seatings are at specified times and space is limited.

Wine Country Trattoria Prix Fixe "World of Color" Meals*

• Guests can enjoy a three-course, prix fixe dinner in the newly expanded and remodeled Wine Country Trattoria ($39.99 for adults; $18.99 for children ages 3-9). Following dinner, the guests will be admitted to the Preferred Reserved Viewing area for the show. The Italian meal includes choice of starter, entrée and dessert plus a special wine pairing.

Ariel's Grotto Prix Fixe "World of Color" Meals*

• A prix fixe meal with reserved viewing will be available in the elegant surroundings of Ariel's Grotto (starting at $29.99 for adults; $15.99 for children ages 3-9), on the edge of Paradise Bay. After dinner, guests will be offered admission to the "World of Color" Preferred Reserved Viewing area.

Guests who prefer a treat or snack, perhaps with a souvenir "World of Color" takeaway, may choose from a number of bright and colorful options available at food locations inside Disney's California Adventure:

• "Spectrum Splash": Beverages in light-up souvenir glasses with a colorful choice of flavors - strawberry red, blueberry blue, or sour Granny Smith apple green.

• "Light-Up Cotton Candy": White cotton candy with a colorful swirl, on an illuminated wand that lights the cotton candy from inside.

• Multi-Colored & Flavored Popcorn: A delicious treat that comes in three flavors - red cherry, blueberry and purple grape - and mixed in with regular kettle corn, all served in a Disney's California Adventure see-through "World of Color" souvenir popcorn bucket.

• Tropical Mist Cocktail (for adults): It's a passion fruit and mango liqueur with coconut rum - and a light-up swizzle stick. Available at the Cove Bar and Ariel's Grotto restaurant.

• Even More Fun: Light-Up Balloons - transparent balloons with light-up "World of Color" art inside; Light-Up Bangle Bracelets; and souvenir "World of Color" travel mugs and sipper cups.

Times for the prix fixe dinners and dessert party are subject to change and cancellation without notice.

* Reserved Viewing: Each guest entering the reserved viewing area must have reserved viewing area admission. Children (ages 3-9) must be accompanied by an adult. Guests may only enter the viewing area during designated times and no early or late admission will be allowed. Guests in large parties may not be guaranteed admission within the same reserved viewing area. Separate theme park admission is required.

World of Color - FASTPASS Options

A World of Ways to Enjoy 'World of Color'

With anticipation and excitement building for the June 11 premiere of the nighttime spectacular "World of Color" in Disney's California Adventure park, several options are in place for guests who want to maximize their day of fun at the park and make plans to enjoy the show that night.

To see the show, guests will obtain a special FASTPASS for "World of Color" or they can select from several Dining and Picnic packages that include reserved viewing.

In addition, a new immersive "Summer Nightastic!" party, "Glow Fest," will bring added evening excitement for Disney's California Adventure guests of all ages. "Glow Fest" will be filled with dancing, music and fun, highlighted by special color, sound and light effects, starting in the Sun Plaza at 6 p.m. nightly and continuing in Hollywood Pictures Backlot until park closing.

"World of Color" will be presented twice nightly throughout the Disneyland Resort "Summer Nightastic!" season, June 11 through Aug. 29 (except June 16-17 when Disney's California Adventure will be closed for Grad Nights). Guests will stand during the shows - at 9 and 10:15 p.m. - and they may bring strollers into the viewing area.

FASTPASS for "World of Color"

• The FASTPASS for "World of Color" will be available each morning at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS terminals. Guests can insert their park tickets into the terminal to obtain a FASTPASS ticket for the show, and they will be assigned a specific show time. As with other FASTPASS attractions, a limited number of passes are available for "World of Color." When all of the day's "World of Color" FASTPASS allotment has been distributed, Grizzly River Run terminals will convert back to distributing the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS tickets.

• Guests arriving before park opening to line up for the "World of Color" FASTPASS may park in the Pumba parking lot on Disney Way and, beginning at 7 a.m., gather at the Main Entrance to Disney's California Adventure. When Disney's California Adventure opens to the public, guests lined up for FASTPASS will be walked into the park and over to the FASTPASS terminals.

In addition to the FASTPASS for "World of Color," a selection of specially themed dining package options, which include reserved viewing, are available.

"World of Color" Picnic Meals - Available Online or by Walk-up Purchase*

• Beginning June 11, opening day for the new show, guests can go online and order a special boxed picnic meal that includes "World of Color" Reserved Viewing. Picnic meals may be ordered online - www.disneyland.com - or by walk-up purchase, subject to availability, at the Sonoma Terrace, Golden Vine Winery. They are not available for order via the (714) 781-DINE line.

• Online orders may be placed up to 60 days in advance. The meals may be picked up at the Sonoma Terrace from 2 p.m. to up to one hour prior to "World of Color" show time.

• Subject to availability, guests who order Picnic meals online will be assigned to the evening's first show, and guests who make a walk-up purchase will be assigned to that evening's second show.

• Picnic meal options include four selections for adults: The All American (cold honey-stung fried chicken), The Taste of Asia (chilled miso-glazed salmon), The European Antipasto (cured meats, regional cheeses, artichoke heart, sun-dried tomato) and The Mediterranean Vegetarian (marinated grilled vegetables in a whole wheat wrap with roasted garlic hummus). Kids' options include The Junior All American (chicken), The Lunchbox Classic (peanut butter and jelly) and The Little Squirt's Box (apple wedges, string cheese).

• All picnic meals with "World of Color" Reserved Viewing are priced at $14.99 and must be redeemed for the designated reserved show date and time. No refunds, exchanges or other discounts.

Prix Fixe "World of Color" Dinner Packages*

Prix fixe meals are available at both Ariel's Grotto and the newly redesigned Wine Country Trattoria restaurants, and they come with "World of Color" Preferred Reserved Viewing. Guests may order from a varied menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian options at Ariel's Grotto (starting at $29.99 for adults; $15.99 for children) or a selection of Italian cuisine at Wine Country Trattoria ($39.99 for adults; $18.99 for children). Seatings are at specified times and space is limited. Prix fixe meals must be reserved, at (714) 781-DINE.

Guests who do not obtain a FASTPASS or reserve dinner packages for "World of Color" may still watch the show from viewing locations on the boardwalk side of Paradise Bay.

"Glow Fest"

Music, dancing and "drumming down the sun" will launch "Glow Fest" every night through Aug. 29, beginning at 6 p.m.in the Sun Plaza in Disney's California Adventure. After 8 p.m., this newest addition to the Disneyland Resort "Summer Nightastic!" entertainment lineup will move into Hollywood Pictures Backlot, providing the kind of immersive excitement for adults and children alike that can only be found in a Disney theme park.

* Reserved Viewing:
Each guest entering the reserved viewing area must have reserved viewing area admission. Children (ages 3-9) must be accompanied by an adult. Guests may only enter the viewing area during designated times and no early or late admission will be allowed. Guests in large parties may not be guaranteed admission within the same reserved viewing area. Separate theme park admission is required.

June 3, 2010

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Takes Shape

In a recent blog we shared photographs of the final building block of the new Disney Dream Cruise ship being installed.

Now here is the video to go with those photos!

With the steel construction process complete, efforts now shift to connecting maintenance systems and further building out the interior of the ship. Each day the Disney Dream gets closer and closer to its Maiden Voyage!

June 4, 2010

The Walt Disney Archives Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Dave Smith
Bob Iger, Leonard Maltin and Special Guests to Honor Archives Founder Dave Smith in a One-of-a-Kind Event - Open to Members of D23, Disney's Official Fan Club

BURBANK, Calif. - June 4, 2010 - For four decades, The Walt Disney Archives has been home to the most treasured items from Disney's fabled history, and on Friday, June 25, the Archives will mark its 40th anniversary with a special celebration at the Walt Disney Studios.

During the event, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, noted film historian Leonard Maltin and other surprise guests will honor Dave Smith, the founder of The Walt Disney Archives and Disney's chief archivist, for his achievements in preserving the Disney legacy.

The special celebration is open exclusively to members of D23, Disney's official fan club, and tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime Walt Disney Archives 40th Anniversary Celebration go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time today exclusively at http://www.disney.com/D23.

"The Walt Disney Archives is an incredible collection, and that's due to the dedication and passion Dave has brought to the development of the Archives since Roy O. Disney hired him 40 years ago," said Steven Clark, head of D23, who also oversees The Walt Disney Archives. "We're excited to honor Dave and the Archives, and to give our members a close-up look at some rarely seen 'jewels in the crown' of Disney history."

As part of the Archives' 40th Anniversary celebration, a number of new pieces from recent Disney projects will be officially added to the Archives' collection; their identities will be revealed during the event.

The Walt Disney Archives 40th Anniversary Celebration will also feature a champagne-and-dessert reception on the Walt Disney Studios lot, and the premiere of Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Disney Magic, an all-new film created for this special anniversary, which will be screened in the Studio Theatre. Additionally, D23 Members who attend will receive a special gift created for the occasion.

Only a limited number of tickets, at $50 per person, will be available to this once-in-a-lifetime event, which pays tribute to the past, present and future of The Walt Disney Archives.

Every day of the year, D23 Membership brings exciting Disney discoveries, special savings, and a host of benefits. Gold-level D23 Memberships are $74.99 and include a one-year subscription to the exquisite Disney twenty-three magazine. Silver-level memberships, which offer all benefits except the magazine subscription, are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members.

Disney fans can become members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans at www.disney.com/D23, select shops at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts, and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23.

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.

June 5, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum
 Walt Disney Family Museum Logo
Walt Disney's Peter Pan to be Showcased in a Special Exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum Now - June 27, 2010

Peter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now - June 27, 2010. The feature-length animated film, released in 1953, will also be celebrated as the Museum's film of the month in May.

Highlights of the exhibition include 16 original concept drawings by renowned Disney artist Mary Blair, which were loaned to the Museum by the Walt Disney Animation Studios Research Library. Also on display are 1930s character sketches, storyboard outlines, original concept art, model sheets, and vintage posters from the collection of the Walt Disney Family Foundation. This stunning collection of works, combined with special artifacts and Mary Blair's concept art, reveals the evolution and results of the 1953 film. This project was also the last in which all members of Disney's illustrious Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.

A first edition copy of the play by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, is displayed alongside a "final treatment" of the Disney film dated from March 1946, and they are opened to the same moment in the story, when Wendy learns that Peter can fly.

Walt Disney's Peter Pan Special Exhibit

Now - June 27, 2010; 10AM-6PM (except Tuesdays)

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Disney Marathon Finishers Get New Medal and Complimentary Day at Disney on ‘Marathon Monday’

New 2011 race enhancements include reward of complimentary admission to a Walt Disney World theme park for marathon finishers, plus first-ever online voting to select new race medal; race registration well underway after record marathon weekend exceeded 55,500 in 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 1, 2010) - In addition to a tremendous sense of accomplishment, a magical reward will await everyone who completes the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna in 2011: a new Mickey Mouse race medal and a free day at Disney.

As part of Disney's ongoing efforts to encourage guests to celebrate the milestones in their lives at a Disney park, finishers at the Disney Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, will receive complimentary admission to a Walt Disney World theme park the Monday after the race.

And for the first time ever, runners and fans can choose the official 2011 Disney Marathon medal, which will be their unofficial "ticket' to Disney on "Marathon Monday.' Through online voting this summer, fans can vote for their favorite from three medal designs, all created by Jostens Inc., which has designed Super Bowl rings and college football's prestigious Heisman Trophy. The medal with the most votes will become the official medal of the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon.

Voting is underway now and runs through July 28 at disneyworldmarathon.com. The winning medal will be announced in early August.


"Running 26.2 miles is quite an accomplishment even if you're energized by Disney entertainment along the way, so what better way to celebrate such an achievement than a complimentary fun-filled day at Disney where you can show off your new medal,' said Faron Kelley, director of marketing for Disney Sports. "These new features are just more ways runners and their families can combine their passion for running with a memorable trip to their favorite vacation destination.'

Registration remains open for the 2011 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend (Jan. 6-9), which is approaching 50 percent of capacity. The Disney Marathon Weekend (typical race start temperature 48.6 degrees) will once again include a variety of events for all ages and running abilities - kids races, a Family Fun Run 5K, the Goofy Race & a Half Challenge, the Disney Half Marathon and the Disney Marathon, plus the Health & Fitness Expo. To sign up for any of the weekend events, go to disneyworldmarathon.com.

Last year's Disney Marathon Weekend, which drew a record 55,500 registered runners from all 50 states and 50 countries, was highlighted by Adriano Bastos' sixth consecutive Disney Marathon victory and Lisa Mizutani's second straight women's title.

About Disney's Endurance Series

The Endurance Series at Walt Disney World Resort gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way "around the world." From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes from across the country and around the world compete to stay in shape, achieve personal best times and raise donations for charitable causes. Popular Endurance Series events are the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Cigna, Champion 5K at ESPN the Weekend, Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Lady Foot Locker, Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion and the inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

June 9, 2010

"Toy Story" Takes over El Capitan Theatre

Fans to be the First to See "Toy Story 3" and Enjoy All-New Attraction

Toy Story 3

BURBANK, Calif. (June 1, 2010) - Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre is being taken over by The Toys. Fans of "Toy Story" are invited to take part in the world's first-ever "Toy Story" Marathon on Thursday, June 17, 2010. Special Disney Digital 3D™ presentations of DisneyPixar's "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be followed by an advance opportunity to see "Toy Story 3" in Disney Digital 3D™-a full day before the film opens nationwide. Plus, audience members will be treated to the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone, an all-new 25,000-square-foot attraction located behind the theater. The World Premiere of "Toy Story 3" is slated for Sunday, June 13, 2010 also at the El Capitan Theatre. Attendees of the premiere will get the first chance to experience the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone. "Toy Story 3" opens in theaters everywhere June 18, 2010.

"Buzz, Woody and all of the 'Toy Story' characters leapt into our hearts 15 years ago and are winning over a whole new generation with 'Toy Story 3,'" said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "We're inviting moms and dads to share the experience with their families in a day-long event that is loaded with fun and allows them to see the new movie before it officially opens."

The event kicks off at 3 p.m. on June 17, 2010. Tickets are $100 per person and include an assigned seat for DisneyPixar's "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3" (all in Disney Digital 3D™), popcorn, drinks, a boxed meal, an ice cream treat, entrance into the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone and a commemorative limited-edition surprise gift. To purchase tickets to the marathon event on June 17, fans can call 818-845-3110. Tickets are going fast and supply is limited.


Filled with fun activities for the whole family, the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone includes opportunities to meet and be photographed with Buzz and Woody, plus opportunities to compete in games of skill, see a stage show and more. The "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone is open June 18-Aug. 29, 2010, following every showing of "Toy Story 3." To purchase tickets to "Toy Story 3" and the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone, fans can call 800-DISNEY6 or visit elcapitantickets.com.

Highlights include:

Guests can insert themselves into scenes from "Toy Story 3" at the Kodak photo locations.

In the "Toy Story" Test Zone, guests can test the latest and greatest in the world of toys from the LEGO Group, Mattel®, Hasbro, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Thinkway Toys.

Guests can put the pedal-to-the-metal racing around Rex's Races, sponsored by Nestle.

At every show, one lucky guest will win a Family four-pack to see the new "World of Color" nighttime water show at Disney's California Adventure Park.

Guests can enter for a chance to win a Disney Cruise Line vacation to the Mexican Riviera to see "Toy Story - The Musical" live on board.

Toy Story 3

The Movies

"Toy Story"

They're toys, they talk-at least when people aren't around-and they're back" celebrating the return of the "Toy Story" franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D. "Toy Story," the film that started it all, takes moviegoers back to that fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys- Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger. The comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstances separate them from their owner Andy and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.

"Toy Story 2"

Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 2" picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight), owner of Al's Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody (voice of Tom Hanks). At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called "Woody's Roundup," and he meets the other prized toys from that show - Jessie the cowgirl (voice of Joan Cusack), Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the Prospector (voice of Kelsey Grammer). Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) and the gang from Andy's room - Mr. Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles), Slinky Dog (voice of Jim Varney), Rex (voice of Wallace Shawn) and Hamm (voice of John Ratzenberger) - spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody home before Andy returns.

"Toy Story 3"

"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" day care! 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 adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie's counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo"), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson ("Cars," "Monsters, Inc."), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), "Toy Story 3" is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D™.

June 10, 2010

A ‘World of Color’-ful Facts, Figures and History

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

09 June 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- "World of Color" bursts with the imagination and technology of the 21st century, while it draws on the decades-old Disney tradition of creative storytelling. The show is infused with Walt Disney's special gift for conjuring tales full of magic, excitement and heart, and the ingenuity of today's Imagineers.


  • Initial planning for "World of Color" began in July 2005. Even before the ambitious expansion plan was announced for Disney California Adventure park, the Disneyland Resort leadership wanted to add a one-of-a-kind, new attraction to the Disney California Adventure experience.
  • It was a five-year process, from planning to launch. A variety of concepts - rides as well as shows - were considered for the Paradise Bay lagoon during the initial brainstorming.
  • "World of Color" was conceived as a kind of "living 'Fantasia,'" using music, animation, color, light and water to involve the audience in an exciting, whimsical and moving journey of storytelling.
  • The "World of Color" creative team, led by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, believed it was important to execute the show on a massive scale. After looking at existing fountain/water shows - many of them very spectacular - the cast members concluded that, in the words of Walt Disney, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
  • Team members were told they couldn't have fountains with multiple heads or moving heads. They created them.
  • Team members were told they couldn't create color and light in fountains. They found ways.
  • Team members were told they couldn't project images on water if it was not a water screen. They went beyond creating a "movie screen" on water - developing a show in which water, light and color become the characters, on a screen so versatile that it might be 100 feet, 200 feet or 380 feet wide at any given time.

Some "World of Color" Facts and Figures

  • The man-made Paradise Bay lagoon is 3.5 acres with 15 million gallons of water.
  • When preparations for "World of Color" began, the Disneyland Resort collaborated with the Orange County Water District to conserve the water in Paradise Bay. Instead of draining the lagoon to the ocean, the water was sent through the Water District's state-of-the-art Groundwater Replenishment System. After being purified, the water was stored in the county's underground water basin, which added to the overall water reserves. When the time was right, the purified water was used to refill Paradise Bay. For these efforts, along with other Resort-wide environmental practices, Disneyland Resort was recognized with California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor: the 2009 Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Award.
  • The "stage" for "World of Color" is a platform composed of nearly 1 full acre of engineered superstructure, longer than a football field and capable of settling on three levels - one for the performance, one under the water surface and one for maintenance.
  • The show features nearly 1,200 powerful and programmable fountains, and a vast underwater grid with more than 18,000 points of control. Each fountain has multiple points of control for lighting, color intensity, water angle, height and more.
  • The fountains in "World of Color" can send water to heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet (by way of comparison, Mickey's Fun Wheel reaches a height of 150 feet, some of it below the edge of the lagoon).
  • "World of Color" employs 28 high-definition projectors (14 of them, submersible).

Inspired by "Your Host, Walt Disney"

  • The Emmy Award-winning "Wonderful World of Color" (1961-1969) was Walt Disney's first color television series, an extension of his previous "Disneyland" and "Walt Disney Presents" anthology series. Like those earlier shows, it entertained audiences with both classic storytelling and innovative artistry.
  • The television show premiered with an all-new theme song composed by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. (The Sherman Brothers received the highest Disneyland honor - their names on a Main Street, U.S.A. window - on March 11, 2010.)
  • The music and kaleidoscopic images of Walt Disney's pioneering TV show inspired the colorful, ever-changing experience that immerses guests in the new "World of Color" spectacular in Disney California Adventure park.

‘World of Color’ a Milestone in Major Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park

Multi-Year Plan Continues With Little Mermaid in 2011; 12-Acre Cars Land,
Buena Vista Street and Newly Designed Front Entrance in 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 10, 2010) - The premiere of the ground-breaking, signature nighttime spectacular "World of Color" marks the next big step in the significant multi-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The expansion brings new entertainment and major family-oriented attractions to Disney California Adventure park.

"World of Color" uses powerful water fountains, kaleidoscopic colors, compelling music, fire, lasers, special effects and larger-than-life digital projection to bring Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life in a whole new way in Disney California Adventure park. A one-of-a-kind "stage" - nearly an acre of superstructure and innovative technology - has been built in the Paradise Bay lagoon to present this enchanting, exciting and moving nighttime spectacular. A new, terraced park offers prime waterside viewing and provides a site for live entertainment, music festivals and outdoor film premieres.

"World of Color is a must-see experience that will entertain and delight our guests in a whole new way, while solidifying the Disneyland Resort as a multi-day, world-class tourist destination," said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis.

The expansion continues in Disney California Adventure park in 2011 with an amazing attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and in 2012 with the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land, featuring the world of Radiator Springs and its three new attractions. Extensive landscaping, new stores and restaurants will create an even richer environment throughout the park.

As expansion continues, Walt Disney Imagineers will bring more of Walt Disney into the park, celebrating the hope and optimism of California that attracted Walt to this land of opportunity in the 1920s. Guests entering the new Buena Vista Street, set for completion in 2012, will be instantly immersed in the world that inspired Walt during his early days as an animation pioneer.

Multi-day, World-Class Tourist Destination
The expansion builds upon the transformation of the original Disneyland park into a multi-day destination resort that began in 2001 with the creation of the Disneyland Resort and the opening of Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney district and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Since then, the Disneyland Resort has continued to grow with the addition of popular attractions and shows such as Toy Story Mania!, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror. In 2009, the resort completed a major expansion of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which included the first West Coast destination for Disney Vacation Club. In addition, the signature Disneyland Hotel is undergoing a major refurbishment that is expected to be completed in 2011.

According to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Anaheim is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the country, enjoying some of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the nation and attracting millions of visitors each year who spend billions of dollars in the area.

Coming Soon to Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure is already home to some of the Disneyland Resort's most popular attractions and shows, including: Toy Story Mania!, Soarin' Over California, California Screamin' and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Major family attractions and continued park enhancements are on the horizon for 2011 and beyond, including an all-new Buena Vista Street, envisioned as the 1920s and 30s Los Angeles experienced by a young dreamer named Walt Disney. The Carthay Circle Theatre, a re-creation of the great California movie palace where "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" had its premiere, anchors the newly designed plaza. This new park landmark celebrates the legacy of Disney family entertainment. From this plaza, guests set out to experience all the thrills, excitement and wonder of California - past, present, and future.

The Red Car Trolley, based on Los Angeles' historic Pacific Electric Red Car Line, will transport guests from Buena Vista Street, down Hollywood Boulevard, to the footsteps of the famed Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Expansion plans include the first-ever ride based on Disney's classic animated movie "The Little Mermaid." The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will take guests "under the sea" to experience magnificent scenes and magical songs from the movie.

Cars Land, an all-new 12-acre addition to Disney California Adventure, re-creates the town of Radiator Springs as inspired by the Disney-Pixar film "Cars." Cars Land will feature three immersive family rides showcasing characters and scenes from the movie, including one of the largest and most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney park: Radiator Springs Racers, a twisting, turning, high-speed adventure through the town and desert valleys of Radiator Springs. Additional landscaping, façade and graphics enhancements, restaurant and retail innovations, and an extensive menu of entertainment, holiday celebrations and unique special events further create new, compelling and memorable experiences for guests visiting Disney California Adventure.

Blue Sky Cellar
The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar, located in the former Seasons of the Vine Theater in the Golden State region of the park, features models and Imagineering concepts - giving park guests a look at exciting new projects as well as a sneak peek at what lies ahead. Inspiring new concepts for Disney California Adventure will appear in this space through periodic updates. For more information, visit www.DisneyCaliforniaAdventure.com

Fanciful Fountains Take Center Stage in Spectacular ‘World of Color’ Show at Disney California Adventure Park

09 June 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Five years in the making, the nighttime water show "World of Color" will surpass all Disney water productions with stunning special effects in the picturesque Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park. While the larger-than-life animated projections, lasers, fog, fire and music will create a strong supporting cast for the dazzling production, the real "stars" of the show are the nearly 1,200 programmable fountains that can be found waiting in the wings just beneath the surface of the bay.

Eight different types of computerized and synchronized fountains create a giant underwater lattice of these geyser-inducing gushers, bringing Disney animation to life like never before.

The breakthrough "stars" of "World of Color" are:

Grid Fountains: Living up to their mechanical moniker, Grid Fountains cover the entire underwater platform for "World of Color" in a network that creates a vast "ensemble cast" of aquatic actors. Positioned eight feet apart, these vertical fountains are capable of firing water up to 40 feet in the air. Their on-stage specialty is creating massive, three-dimensional designs, such as a whale moving through the lagoon.

Chaser Fountains: Always "chasing" applause from fountain fans, more than 400 Chaser Fountains create lightning-fast effects that follow - or "chase" - each other in rapid-fire succession. Engineered with a unique stop-action valve, these up-and-down fountains allow booming beads of water to be projected up to 80 feet high, creating artistic patterns above the water's surface.

Single Water Whip Fountains: While their name doesn't imply "grace," the Single Water Whip Fountains are some of the most graceful and elegant featured in "World of Color." With independently moving heads that can sway in any direction and project water more than 100 feet in a vertical pattern, more than 75 Single Water Whip Fountains join together to perform a mesmerizing ballet.

Dual Water Whip Fountains: A close sibling to the Single Water Whip Fountains, Dual Water Whip Fountains create not only vertical patterns, they also can transform water into wider, fan-like designs. Combined, these water wizards create a 380-foot projection surface which rises 50 feet in the air at the rear of the underwater platform. In theatre parlance, the 65 Dual Water Whip Fountains create an ultimate cyclorama on Paradise Bay - a water screen that measures more than 19,000 square feet.

Flower Spout Fountains: One dozen Flower Spout Fountains pepper the platform beneath the surface of Paradise Bay. Among the most versatile actors in the show's aqueous cast of players, these fountains have nozzles that can shoot high-velocity streams of big, frothy water and then easily transition the shape of those streams into a "blooming" 60-foot-wide flower petal.

Dancer Fountains: Six Dancer Fountains perform in "World of Color," with swirling dual nozzles that create intertwining streams of water. Much like dancers performing in a Broadway theater company, their graceful, choreographed movements create a sprightly scene to complement the cast.

Butterfly Fountains: A delicate quartet of Butterfly Fountains creates a smooth and serene effect, fluttering just above the water's surface throughout "World of Color." With butterfly-like wings, they deliver smooth, yet stunning patterns.

Geyser Fountains: The most "vocal" member of the "World of Color" fountain cast, Geyser Fountains launch 40 gallons of water at once, creating a distinct "pop" sound that echoes throughout the bay. Along with being the loudest of the performers, the 10 Geyser Fountains also live up to their name by being the most powerful; each Geyser Fountain can shoot huge bursts of water that reach 200 feet into the sky.

These eight versatile performers make their debut June 11. While they are apt to respond to applause with grateful encores, no autographs, please.

June 11, 2010

Star-studded Red Carpet Kicks-Off World Premiere of “World of Color"

The New Nighttime Water Show at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort Nearly 1,200 Fountains, Disney Animation, Fire, Lasers and Special Effects Raise Nighttime Entertainment to New Heights

Anaheim, CA (June 10, 2010) Tonight, Hollywood turned out for the World Premiere of a new nighttime spectacular called World of Color at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort. Teri Hatcher, John Stamos, Geena Davis and others walked a water-blue carpet on their way to see Disney's newest mega-scale, after-dark celebration. World of Color combines nearly 1,200 fountains, fire, lasers, Disney music and beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar stories to create an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects. It's performed on a floating stage that's bigger than a football field. Fountains shoot 200 feet into the air and create one of the world's largest projected waterscreens at 19,000 square feet. Through the almost 25-minute show, World of Color brings together Nemo, Little Mermaid, the Beast, Wall-E and a host of other popular characters to tell a Disney story like never before. World of Color headlines this year's Summer Nightastic at Disneyland Resort. It opens to the public June 11.

June 12, 2010

What’s New & What’s Next at Disneyland Resort? ‘World of Color’ Ignites the Night; Even More New Attractions, Events Planned for 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 11, 2010) - "Summer Nightastic!" and the new production "World of Color" bring their special brand of excitement to the Disneyland Resort this summer. Plus, there's even more Disney magic on the horizon.

SUMMER 2010 - 'WORLD OF COLOR' AND MORE: "World of Color," the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with more than a thousand powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. It debuts June 11 as part of "Summer Nightastic!," the dynamic lineup of summer entertainment that includes "Fantasmic!" with its breathtaking new dragon; "Magical" fireworks, starring both Tinker Bell and Dumbo in the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle; Tomorrowland Terrace TLT Dance Club and Pixie Hollow Enchantment, all taking place after dark at Disneyland park. "Summer Nightastic!" runs June 11 through Aug. 29, while "World of Color" will continue entertaining guests year-round in Paradise Bay.

In addition to "World of Color," guests at Disney California Adventure park will enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the classic swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Band Concert." Fans of the interactive Toy Story Mania! attraction on the Paradise Pier boardwalk will find a new game and some new characters to challenge their sharp-shooting skills. And nighttime visitors to the park will enjoy the colorful, exciting entertainment of "Glow Fest" through Aug. 22.

RAPUNZEL ARRIVES IN DISNEYLAND PARK THIS FALL: Rapunzel, the newest Disney princess and star of the upcoming animated feature "Tangled," will begin greeting guests of all ages at a location in Fantasyland in October. The movie opens Nov. 16.

Looking ahead to 2011 ( and beyond) --

DISNEY CRUISE LINE MOVES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises.

From Jan. 23 to March 20, 2011, Disney Cruise Line will make it easier to experience the West Coast cruise magic with a special "Kids Free" offer on seven-night cruises to the Mexican Riviera. Guests age 17 and younger can sail free aboard the Disney Wonder when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests occupying the same stateroom on seven-night voyages (government taxes and fees excluded).

'THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE' FOR THE JEDI IN ALL OF US: Bridging that "long time ago" between the two Star Wars trilogies, spectacular new Star Tours adventures in 3-D will debut in 2011 in Disneyland park, taking voyagers - for the first time - to Coruscant and other destinations in the Stars Wars galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney once again will combine for this immersive experience in Tomorrowland. Fans also will be able to enjoy this exciting adventure in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Star Tours in Disneyland goes on hiatus beginning July 27, 2010, to prepare for the all-new journeys.

NEXT IN DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK - THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE: Even more Disney magic is coming to Disney California Adventure park in 2011 with the premier of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure. The Little Mermaid attraction will give new meaning to the phrase "immersive Disney attraction," taking guests "under the sea" to experience magnificent scenes and magical songs from the popular motion picture.

NEW ENHANCEMENTS TO THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL: Renovation will continue at the Disneyland Hotel, including a new pool and water play area, enhancements to the existing pool, a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guest room towers. Three new themed suites will join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

SUMMER 2012 - HIT THE ROAD WITH MATER AND LIGHTNING MCQUEEN: The best of Disney California Adventure expansion may still be yet to come. The year 2012 will see the completion of the new front entryway greeting park guests: Buena Vista Street featuring the Carthay Circle Theatre and the vintage Southern California Red Car Trolleys. Also set for 2012 is the opening of Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion inspired by the Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars." The land, modeled on the movie's Radiator Springs setting, will feature three new attractions, including the E-ticket thrill ride Radiator Springs Racers - taking guests zooming through the Cars Land landscape. Other Cars Land attractions will include Luigi's Flying Tires (striking a chord with anyone who remembers the Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland) and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, a tow-truck-themed attraction.

Kids Sail Free on Seven-Night Mexican Riviera Cruises Aboard the Disney Wonder

CELEBRATION, Fla. (June 11, 2010) - Disney Cruise Line, a leader in family cruising, is making it easier to experience the magic of Disney Cruise Line on the West Coast with a special "Kids Free" offer on seven-night cruises to the Mexican Riviera starting January 2011.

Guests 17 and under can sail free on seven-night voyages aboard the Disney Wonder when accompanied by two full-fare paying guests occupying the same stateroom (government taxes and fees excluded). This offer is valid for most sailings from Jan. 23 to March 20, 2011, and covers a variety of stateroom categories, ranging from deluxe family staterooms with verandahs to standard inside staterooms (categories 4 to 11). However, there are a limited number of staterooms available for this special offer.

Guests sailing to the Mexican Riviera aboard the Disney Wonder will experience exciting ports of call combined with a family-friendly cruise only Disney can deliver. The seven-night cruises include visits to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta coupled with three fun-filled days at sea. Onboard, guests will enjoy dazzling stage spectaculars, including "Toy Story-The Musical," inspired by the Disney-Pixar films; over-the-top deck parties, featuring the only fireworks display at sea; nearly an entire deck dedicated to youth activities; sophisticated offerings for adults and fun experiences for the entire family.

Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $639 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

To book a vacation or to get complete details on the "Kids Free" special offer, guests can visit disneycruise.com/kidsfree, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. Guests should mention or input booking code "KFMR" when making the reservation.

June 15, 2010

MAGIC IN DOVER: Disney Cruise Line makes inaugural call to Port of Dover


MAGIC IN DOVER: In a photo taken June 12, 2010, the "Disney Magic" cruise ship sails past the White Cliffs of Dover in England. The ship was in Dover as part of Disney Cruise Line's first Northern European Capitals sailing of 2010. This is the first time Disney Cruise Line has called on the Port of Dover. During the 12-night Northern European Capitals itinerary, the Disney Magic visits the ports of Oslo, Copenhagen, Warnemunde (gateway to Berlin), Helsinki or Tallinn, Stockholm and, in a Disney Cruise Line first, St. Petersburg, Russia.

June 18, 2010

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

New characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Toy Story 3" have been added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there are 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 animated feature film.

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."

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 is now 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" - 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 created 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! - they get to see another new character from the film.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear has joined his "Toy Story" pals in the delightful "Pixar Play Parade" at Disney 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 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.

June 19, 2010

Disneyland Resort Provides Sign Language Interpretation for Guests with Hearing Disabilities

Sign language interpretation program provides service without the need for advance arrangements

ANAHEIM, Calif. - June 18, 2010 - Disneyland Resort this week began offering regularly-scheduled sign language interpretation at numerous shows and attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. As part of the Resort's ongoing commitment to guests with disabilities, individuals have access to a schedule of offerings where interpretation is provided without having to make prior arrangements.

"The Disneyland Resort is dedicated to making the Disney tradition of rich storytelling available to all of our guests," said Betty Appleton, who oversees the Resort's guests with disabilities program. "Our new sign language service enables guests with hearing disabilities to engage with our shows and attractions in a whole new way."�

The new sign language interpretation service is offered at the following locations: Jungle Cruise, Jedi Training Academy, Storybook Land Canal Boats, "Celebrate! A Street Party," "Billy Hill & The Hillbillies," "Turtle Talk with Crush" "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and coming soon, "Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular."

The new service is available every Monday and Saturday at Disneyland park and every Sunday and Friday at Disney California Adventure park. While no advance arrangements are necessary, it is recommended that guests request schedule confirmation at least one week in advance by calling Disneyland Resort Guest Relations at (714) 781-6176 [voice] or (714) 781-7292 [TTY]. Guests who request confirmation are contacted prior to their visit and are provided a current schedule complete with a list of attractions, dates and times of interpreted offerings.

"I am deaf, and experiencing the sign language service on Storybook Land made the attraction much more engaging for me," said Everett Rowlett, Disneyland Resort electro-mechanical technician. "This is the first time in the 28 years I have worked at the Resort that I have been able to fully understand the stories being told."

The new offering enhances existing, complimentary services for guests with disabilities. Various sign language programs have been available at the Resort for more than 20 years.

Additionally, more than 45 Resort cast members have basic sign language skills and can assist in answering guest questions throughout the week. The Resort also has assistive listening and several types of captioning systems available for guests with hearing disabilities.

June 20, 2010

Toy Story 3 in Digital 3D and Fun Zone - El Capitan Theatre

TOY STORY 3 in Disney Digital 3D™ and the "TOY STORY 3" FUN ZONE

June 18 through August 29

Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre


Every ticket purchased to "Toy Story 3" at the El Capitan Theatre includes admission to the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone, an all-new 25,000-square-foot attraction based on the characters from the film, located behind the theater.

Daily showtimes for "Toy Story 3" are at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There is also a 9:30 pm showtime Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.


After every showing of "Toy Story 3," guests can meet Buzz and Woody; see "Dancing with the Toys" a live stage show featuring Buzz, Woody and Jessie; bounce to infinity and beyond in Buzz's Bounce House, play carnival games, test the latest toys from Mattel® and LEGO® in the Toy Zone, soar to new heights on Bullseye's Bungee Jump, and compete in a fun obstacle course to "Escape from Sunnyside Day Care".

THE FILM "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" day care! 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 adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie's counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of "Toy Story 2" and "Finding Nemo"), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson ("Cars," "Monsters, Inc."), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), "Toy Story 3" is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D™.

Filled with fun activities for the whole family, the "Toy Story 3" Fun Zone includes opportunities to meet and be photographed with Buzz and Woody, plus opportunities to compete in games of skill, see a stage show and more.


Highlights include:

* Meet Buzz and Woody

* Dancing with the Toys Show: Live stage show featuring Buzz, Woody and Jessie.

* Photo Ops: Guests can insert themselves into scenes from "Toy Story 3" at the Kodak photo locations.

* Toy Zone: In the "Toy Story" Test Zone, guests can test the latest and greatest in the world of toys from the LEGO Group, Mattel®, Hasbro, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Thinkway Toys.

• Play with LEGO's and see the Toy Story LEGO Mural
• Take pictures in the Time out Chair or with Barbie and Ken cut-outs
• Play with Mattel's Action Links & Buzz Lightyear's Action Wing Pack
• Deck out Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
• Super Slinky Steps
• Make you're a fort with oversized toy foam blocks
• Character Connection - play with Toy Story Action Figures
• Test out the newest Toy Story 3 Hasbro games at the Game Board


* Rex's Races: Guests can put the pedal-to-the-metal tricycle racing, sponsored by Nestle.
Escape From Sunnyside Day Care:

• Stretches Wacky Wall Walk Maze
• Twitches Ditch Rope Swing
• Dumpster Shute Slide
• Chunk's Challenge Monkey Bars
• Big Baby's Bumpers

* Bonnie's Backyard: Romp around in Bonnie's backyard on swing sets, slides and don't forget about Hamm's Hopscotch!

* Ferris Wheel

* Buzz Bounce House: Bounce to infinity and beyond in Buzz's giant bounce house.

* Andy's Game Room: Drop yourself into a scene from the movie in the Kodak Photo Locations and play the latest Toy Story 3 Xbox game.

* Lotso's Lounge: Celebrate your birthday at the fun zone

* Buttercups Crafts: Create a paper butterfly; make a Toy Story 3 Visor and more.

* Carnival Games: Test your skills at various carnival games such as: Barrel of Monkeys, Bean the Alien, Troll Train, Pea in a Pod, and Sunnyside Soakers.

The Toy Store: And on your way out get all the latest Toy Story Toys to take home and continue the fun.

Win Fun Prizes:
• At every show, one lucky guest will win a Family four-pack to see the new "World of Color" nighttime water show at Disney's California Adventure Park.
• Guests can enter for a chance to win a Disney Cruise Line vacation to the Mexican Riviera to see "Toy Story - The Musical" live on board

June 23, 2010

Gospel Choirs to Compete for a Chance to Perform at Disney’s Night of Joy

Gospel Choirs to Compete for a Chance to Perform at Disney's Night of Joy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, gospel choirs from across America will raise their voices in praise and vie a for chance to perform on stage in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom during the Night of Joy 2010. It's all part of the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest that will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and feature, as celebrity Master of Ceremonies, Smokie Norful.

Norful is a GRAMMY Award-Winning Gospel Artist, Dove- and Stellar-award recipient, Billboard chart-topper and two-time gold-selling artist and crossover star.
"I am very excited to be involved in the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest, said Norful. "This is a great opportunity for choirs to gain exposure and showcase their musical gifts."

A panel of EMI record executives will judge the choir performances and offer constructive feedback. The panel will also select the winning choir, which will showcase its talent later that evening during Night of Joy.

"Disney has created an incredible opportunity for gospel choirs to compete on stage at Epcot and showcase their talents in front of an audience of international theme park guests," said Tim Hill, director of special programs for Disney Destinations. "Combined with meeting Smokie Norful and attending the ultimate Christian concert event, Night of Joy, the Disney Gospel Choir Fest is sure to be an unforgettable experience."

The festival schedule includes performances throughout the day followed by an awards ceremony during which each participating choir will receive a special Disney Gospel Choir Fest Award. That night the winning choir will take center stage in the Magic Kingdom Park for a live performance in front of thousands of Night of Joy celebrants. And all Disney Gospel Fest participants will receive admission to Night of Joy, where they can enjoy their favorite attractions and cheer on the winning choir and enjoy performances by top bands in contemporary Christian, rock, pop and gospel.

The festival package includes admission to Epcot after the choir performances, as well as separate admission to Night of Joy. Special group tickets are also available to church groups and congregations wanting to join their favorite choirs and cheer them on during the competition.

Choirs can register to be a part of the inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest by going to www.disneygospelchoirfest.com. For more information call (407) 566-6652 or e-mail WDW.Disney.Gospel.Choir.Fest@Disney.com.

Night of Joy is a contemporary Christian music festival that will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11, 2010, at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night, Night of Joy guests are treated to live performances by top contemporary Christian music artists on stages throughout the theme park. Guests also have access to many of the park's popular attractions. 2010 artists include: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, mercyme, Third Day, Family Force 5, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Smokie Norful, Red, LeCrae and Day of Fire. Each artist performs one night of the festival.

June 24, 2010

‘Glow Fest’ Shines at Disney California Adventure During 'Summer Nightastic!

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As the splash-tacular "World of Color" adds a dazzling new dimension of water, animation, color, fire and light to Disney California Adventure park, a new party called "Glow Fest" joins the park's "Summer Nightastic!" lineup and adds even more illuminated excitement for guests.

Colorful beams of light and energetic performers star in this high-energy, electric festival for the entire family. Featured in the Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot areas of the park, each night lights up with dancers, drummers, world music performers, interactive dance and play areas, and gleaming orbs of lights that move in near-perpetual motion throughout the party zones.

Taking a cue from "World of Color," festival producers say the theme of "Glow Fest" is a "celebration of color," immersing guests in a sea of brightly colored displays, wildly costumed entertainers and lighting used like never before in Disney California Adventure. Beginning with the distinct sound of drums echoing throughout the entrance area of the theme park, powerful rhythms signal the beginning of the evening fun.

During "Summer Nightastic!" "Glow Fest" takes center stage in Sunshine Plaza every evening from roughly 6-8 p.m., and continues in Hollywood Pictures Backlot until park closing.

"Glow Fest" activities are included in regular admission to Disney California Adventure.

Here are some facts to shed even more "light" on "Glow Fest":

THE LIGHT IS RIGHT: LED lighting, which consumes less power than traditional bulb lighting, is featured throughout "Glow Fest." In addition to energy conservation, LED bulbs also supply more robust, saturated colors and greater reliability than traditional lighting techniques - allowing "Glow Fest" to shine even brighter each night.

PAINT THE TOWN: Many of the structures, dance platforms and stages are adorned with paint that reacts to ultraviolet (UV) light, to put even more "glow" in the fest.

LIVING LARGE: A mammoth 60-foot x 90-foot screen serves as an interactive dance and movement play area. Guests can dance in the area and see their own images projected to approximately 50-feet-high on the screen at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.

COLLABORATIVE COLOR: On another screen, guests can get into the colorful fun by using hand and body movements to create a giant color mural. Each movement, such as a wave or a jump, creates a new blend of colors on the interactive mural screen. As more and more guests get into the action, the image on the mural changes colors and shapes.

PIED PIPER OF COLORFUL FUN: A high-energy emcee for the evening activities travels throughout the festival to lead the fun and games.

HAVING A BALL: Sprite-like performers inside giant, colorful orbs create kinetic balls of color as they roll throughout the festival, supplying plenty of photo moments.

, OH MY!: Adding to the fun of "Glow Fest" is a cast of performers that keeps the party spirit going until the park closes. Two stiltwalking performers - called "Lantern Sprites" - carry illuminated globes and can occasionally pose for photos with guests. Dancers clad in eye-popping colors perform atop platforms throughout Sunshine Plaza and Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and dance styles from around the globe are performed on the giant, LED-lit stage in Sunshine Plaza.

DRUMMING UP EXCITEMENT: Five vertical drumming stations, each featuring a professional drummer atop the tower, "drum up" the excitement throughout the festival. Guests are invited to join in the fun as well by playing one of the 22-inch drums mounted at the base of the brightly hued tower.

Disney Unveils Unique Residential Resort Community at Walt Disney World Resort

Golden Oak Will Offer Luxury, Single-Family Custom Homes for Purchase


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 23, 2010) - Today Disney unveiled Golden Oak, a one-of-a-kind luxury residential resort community offering the unprecedented opportunity to purchase a home at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Especially designed for resort living, Golden Oak will provide an entirely new way for families to connect with the world's best-known family destination and entertainment brand.

"We have a range of options for guests at all price points to enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort. But Golden Oak is something totally new: a residential resort community, right in the heart of the magic," said Matt Kelly, vice president, Disney Resort Real Estate Development. "Golden Oak will be a place where families can come together and make memories for generations to come - with Disney World right at their doorstep."

Golden Oak will offer a limited collection of single family custom homes priced between $1.5 and $8 million, with fewer than 30 home sites available for sale this year. Designed by Disney's famed Imagineers, the gated community will feature intimate neighborhoods and amenities created with everyone in the family in mind. Disney's well-known attention to detail is visible in every park, pathway and the custom-design of the proposed private clubhouse. Expansive conservation areas comprise almost half of the entire 980-acre footprint.

The proposed private clubhouse, concierge services and collection of Walt Disney World Resort benefits will bring Disney's guest service culture directly to Golden Oak residents. As previously announced, Golden Oak is planned to include Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, combining Disney's renowned service and hospitality with Four Seasons' defining standard of excellence. Golden Oak plans to offer residents access to select Four Seasons' future amenities including the full-service spa, restaurants, golf course and event space.

Initially, Golden Oak will consist of three types of single-family homes. Village Homes will capture the romantic look of a Mediterranean village on home sites up to one-quarter acre. Estate Homes, on approximately one-half-acre home sites, will offer a variety of architectural styles including Tuscan, Spanish Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Dutch Colonial and Island Colonial. At up to three-quarters-acre in size, Grand Estate Homes will include architectural styles consistent with Estate Homes and will accommodate the needs of large families. Homeowners will use one of Golden Oak's select custom homebuilders to build the home of their dreams.

More information about Golden Oak is available at www.disneygoldenoak.com. Golden Oak will use a Priority Reservation List for potential homebuyers with an interest in purchasing a home. A position is secured on the list in the order in which a signed Lot Release Priority Agreement and a refundable $25,000 deposit is received. Deposits are now being accepted, with the first completed homes projected for 2011. At build-out, Golden Oak is anticipated to include approximately 450 homes.

Luxury Pet Resort to Open at Walt Disney World Resort

New vacation destination for pets is now accepting reservations


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Pet lovers visiting Walt Disney World Resort can now plan to board the family pet in fun, luxurious new accommodations. Reservations are being accepted for pet boarding stays beginning August 27, 2010 for the new Best Friends Pet Care Resort.

The one-of-a-kind resort comprises more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and an expansive private dog park exclusively for the use of pet resort clients and their dogs.

The facility will accommodate up to 270 dogs and 30 cats for both daytime and overnight boarding. A wide selection of suite choices for dogs includes air-conditioned indoor rooms, 48-square-foot indoor-outdoor suites, and four expansive VIP (very important pet) suites with television, raised bedding and private outdoor yards.

Feline guests will spend their visit in the separate "Kitty City" pavilion -- away from the dogs -- in two and four-room condos. All suites and condos are designed to provide comfort and privacy and will be cleaned daily with hospital-grade disinfectants.

"Best Friends has long been the industry leader for boarding, and this will be our crown jewel. We've taken the 'best of breed' in every category to create the perfect environment for pets," said Dennis Dolan, President and CEO of Best Friends Pet Care. "Our goal is to ensure that pets staying with us have a fun, action-packed vacation - just like their families vacationing at Walt Disney World."

The resort's exclusive dog park features a fenced walking trail bordering the natural wetlands around the park. Inside the trail, guests can choose from a variety of different play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees, and a 1,300 square-foot "canines only" water park. There are several large areas for owners to sit, relax and watch their dogs play. The entire park is secured from outsiders and is illuminated for use after dark.

Other features of the resort include: a grooming salon, which will provide go-home-fresh baths and haircuts for pets; two 1,100 square-foot "camp rooms" for play group and doggy day camp, each opening onto an outdoor play-yard; and a special facility for the boarding of "pocket pets," such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

Pet parents can choose from a wide range of a la carte activities for pet guests from one-on-one playtimes and social playgroup with other doggy guests, to cuddle time and bedtime stories with staff. Additional amenities and upgrades include Ice Cream Treats, Bottled Water and Premium/Orthopedic Bedding. Feline guests can also enjoy private playtimes, activity toys in their suites, and treats such as Cookies and Milk or Tuna on a Ritz.

The pet resort is located across from the Port Orleans Resort at 2510 Bonnet Creek Parkway in Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Pricing and other details are available at wdw.bestfriendspetcare.com or by calling 877-4-WDW-PETS.

June 29, 2010


Nearly $1.5 million granted to conservation efforts around the world

BURBANK, Calif. (6/28/10) - Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has announced the 2010 recipients of nearly $1.5 million in grants to protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems around the world. The funding enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe-from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.

"As part of Disney's longstanding commitment to the environment, the work supported through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is more important today than ever in helping preserve our planet's most precious resources," said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Environmental Affairs, The Walt Disney Company. "We are proud to support these organizations that are truly making a difference around the world to aid in the protection of wildlife and the natural environments they depend on to flourish."

Over the past decade, the DWCF-through support from The Walt Disney Company and Disney Guests-has provided more than $15 million in grants for the study of wildlife, protection of habitats, land management plans, community conservation and education. Along with a focus on support for species and habitat conservation science, the DWCF encourages programs that engage local residents and benefit both human and animal communities.

Below is a highlight of some of this year's recipients:

· Wildlife Trust: Black Lion Tamarin Conservation through Research and Community Involvement - Wildlife Trust teaches communities about sustainable development alternatives, including tree nurseries and handicrafts, to protect the black lion tamarins living in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

· Northern Jaguar Project: Northern Jaguar Feline Photo Project - In an effort to reduce jaguar mortality and build conservation alliances with rural landowners, Northern Jaguar Project works directly with local ranch owners in Mexico to monitor and protect the species.

· Save the Elephants: Elephants and Bees - Save the Elephants minimizes human-wildlife conflict by studying and researching innovative strategies to reduce crop-raiding. By using beehives as a deterrent, community crops are left un-touched and families have a new source of income through honey production.

· University of Hawaii: Conserving the Green Sea Turtle in Hawaii - This program advances the understanding of the impact of pollution on endangered green sea turtles. Through further research, conservationists are able to work more effectively with local communities and governments to protect the turtles.

· International Rhino Foundation: Sumatran Rhino Conservation - The Sumatran rhino is considered the most endangered rhino species with numbers declining more than 70 percent in the past two decades. International Rhino Foundation is protecting the species through research and outreach programs in local communities.

To date the DWCF has accomplished the following milestones:

· More than $1 million to primate conservation efforts

· More than $900,000 to protect cats worldwide

· More than $850,000 to elephant conservation

· More than $850,000 to study and save sea turtles

· More than $625,000 to rhino conservation efforts

Since 1998, the DWCF has also awarded more than $575,000 in Rapid Response funds to assist with more than 120 environmental and animal emergencies. In the past year, the DWCF has provided more than $125,000 to support efforts worldwide including veterinary care and vaccinations for animals in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti and rehabilitation efforts for the thousands of sea turtles affected by the winter cold snap in Florida. In 2009 additional support was provided through Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green in which 100 percent of iTunes proceeds of the inspiring program anthem "Send it On" were directed to environmental charities through the DWCF.

To view a complete list of the 2010 grant recipients and read The Walt Disney Company's most recent Conservation Report, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

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