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September 2, 2010

Cheech Marin Honored for Role in Cars

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Actor Cheech Marin was recently presented with a diorama showcasing Cars die-cast toys to honor his role as Ramone, the popular low-rider in Disney/Pixar film, Cars. Since Cars opened in theaters in June 2006, more than 120 million die-cast Cars toys have been sold.

Cars 2 opens in theaters next summer; Disney Consumer Products will support the film with a very robust licensing program.

September 5, 2010

Disney Dream - Mickey Pool

A Disney Dream photo update today shows a very iconic element of the Disney cruise ships -- the Mickey Pool. Continuing a favorite feature of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream will also have a Mickey Pool for children. The shape of the Mickey Pool resembles the beloved Disney character and an oversized version of Mickey's hand will support a yellow winding slide that will splash down near the pool.

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Also, check out this very cool photo showing the progress being made on the ship's exterior as it enters the final phase of construction before preparing to leave the shipyard this fall.

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September 10, 2010

Disney Dream - Walt Disney Theatre

This new update from the Disney Cruise Line shows you the progress of the Walt Disney Theatre, which will host some of the most elaborate productions presented at sea. The 40-foot-wide stage will include full-flying capabilities for moveable backdrops and scenery, a projection system for animated scrims and stage lifts, and the capacity for pyrotechnics.

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Inspired by the red carpet and golden trophies of Hollywood award shows, this colossal show palace will be adorned in rich red and golden hues. Intertwined throughout this Art Deco-style theatre are subtle Disney decorative touches.

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September 11, 2010

La Nouba Presents Fantastic Offer to Florida Residents Aug. 17–Oct. 23

Special Discount Also Available in the La Nouba Boutique

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.- La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce a special $50 ticket price for Florida residents. This offer is available for performances August 17 - October 23 on category 2 seats (limit 6).

This authentic Cirque du Soleil production has added two acts inspired by the playfulness of youth. Last January a juggling act was added in place of the chair balancing act. With the help of The Green Bird, the Juggler throws balls, hoops and clubs in the air in unprecedented numbers at amazing speeds. In July the opening act was redesigned to feature the joy and technicality of skipping ropes in place of the German Wheel act. An exciting discipline for the house troupe, this act gives way to vibrant dance, acrobatics and a steady stream of solo, duo and group jumps and formations. Our two featured Skippers combine artful moves, exceptional agility and impressive speed that far exceed child's play.

La Nouba is an unforgettable journey through our universe - at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba is the story of all stories, the site of all mysteries, where dreams and nightmares sleep side by side. La Nouba is memory, individual and universal. It beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we'd lost long ago. Here, anything is possible.

TICKET INFORMATION Florida residents can purchase $50 tickets (plus tax for adults and children) for performances August 17 - October 23. These are for Category 2 seats (limit 6). Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/lanouba, by phone at (407)939-7328, or at the box office located on the plaza level of the theater. For more information and to receive news alerts and priority sale details, visit facebook.com/lanouba. Group discounts are available by calling (702) 352-0197.

BOUTIQUE DISCOUNT Florida residents will also receive a 15% discount in our newly renovated boutique located on the plaza level of the theater. This discount cannot be combined with sale or promotional merchandise. No ticket purchase is necessary. A valid Florida ID is required.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The theater is dark Sundays, Mondays and select times throughout the year.

La Nouba is performed exclusively at Downtown Disney® West Side at Walt Disney World® Resort.

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees from over 50 different countries, including more than 1,200 performing artists.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on five continents.

In addition to presenting La Nouba at Downtown Disney West Side, Cirque du Soleil presents seven equally unique and innovative productions in Las Vegas: Mystère™at Treasure Island, "O"™ at Bellagio, Zumanity™, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil™ at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ™ at MGM Grand, The Beatles™, LOVE™, at The Mirage, CRISS ANGEL Believe™ at Luxor and Viva ELVIS™ at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter.

VEX Robotics World Championship to Be Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on April 14-16, 2011

Coinciding with National Robotics Week - Three Days of Fierce Back-to-Back Robotics Challenges Unite Leading Young Innovators From Around the World

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dedicated to inspiring today's youth to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through robotics, the non-profit Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, in conjunction with VEX Robotics, today announced that the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida on April 14-16, 2011. Coinciding with National Robotics Week, the three-day tournament unites top middle school, high school and college robotics teams from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments and further inspire students to pursue careers in robotics and other STEM related fields.

"Disney's state-of-the-art facilities will provide the ideal experience for VEX participants and fans, and we are delighted to host the VEX Robotics World Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex," said Jason Morrella, president of the REC Foundation.

"Bringing the World Championship to such an esteemed venue as Disney provides a truly global arena for us to support and celebrate the accomplishments of today's young, diverse and enthusiastic minds," said Paul Copioli, president, VEX Robotics. "VEX Robotics Competitions bring the excitement of robotics to today's youth and give them a hands-on tool to apply what they learn in school about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and bring it to life."

The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally with more than 2,500 teams from 20 countries playing in more than 200 tournaments worldwide. The VEX Robotics Design System is affordable, robust and offers an assortment of more than 200 of the most advanced educational robotics products available today. See www.vexrobotics.com for more information on the VEX Robotics Design System and the VEX Robotics Competition.

The 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship is the final event in the 2010-2011 VEX Competition season. Winning teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions will have the opportunity to meet in Florida and compete against other top-ranked teams from around the world, playing the game VEX Round Up. Giving students the opportunity to work with the VEX robotics systems promotes education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and teaches critical life skills such as teamwork, project management and problem solving.

September 12, 2010

Disney Tips For Designing Your Jack-O-Lantern

If you're looking for ideas on how to design your Halloween jack-o-lantern, we've got 182 of them - and they all can be found on Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

It's not the usual squares and rectangles for pumpkins at Walt Disney World Resort this season - they're unique. Different designs and shapes include a hot dog pumpkin over Casey's Corner and my favorite snowman pumpkin. There's even a pumpkin featuring a spilled ice cream cone.

The Magic Kingdom Park hand-carved pumpkins on the buildings and in windows are redesigned with different designs and shapes, according to David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment. Disney's Event and Decorating Support then took David's sketches and made them real. Check out some of David's best in a quick video.

If you're carving your own jack-o-lantern in the next few days, here's some advice from the people who make Main Street, U.S.A. so unique this time of year:

* Pick your pumpkin - Before you buy, put your potential pumpkin on the floor or ground and make sure it sits straight. If you can "see" where the face should go, it's the right pumpkin for you.

* Start sketching on paper - Once you start cutting into the pumpkin, it's too late to go back. First, draw your design on a piece of paper (grocery bag, old wrapping paper, newspaper) the same size as your pumpkin. Once you've got your design just how you want it, you're ready to move the design to your pumpkin. Disney's Event and Decorating Support used an overhead projector and a black marker, but you can just as easily use a toothpick or fork. Hold your pattern to the pumpkin and poke a tiny hole through the paper every half-inch or so. When you take the paper away, you'll have a dotted outline to follow.

* Carve the lid at an angle - If you cut up-and-down around the pumpkin's stem, your cap could fall through. Don't worry if you don't carve a perfect circle. That will actually help you find the "right" way to put the lid back on.

* Skip the candle - All of the pumpkins along Main Street, U.S.A use LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Much safer than an open flame, LEDs don't get hot. They also last longer than a candle and won't blow out in the wind. New LEDs even flicker like a real flame.

September 17, 2010

Disneyland Resort to Host Anaheim International Film Festival Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration

Film Industry Honorees and a VIP Showing of "World of Color"
Mark the Festival's Signature Saturday Night Event

ANAHEIM, Calif. - September 16, 2010 - The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) and Disneyland Resort will provide festival goers with an exclusive red carpet experience at the AIFF Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration, taking place October 16 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Hosted by Disneyland Resort, the awards gala is a red carpet affair honoring film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. The dinner and awards presentation will be capped off with a VIP showing of "World of Color," the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park weaving water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination.

"Filmmaking has always been at the heart of our Company, since Snow White premiered in 1937," said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. "In fact, this important component of our Disney heritage is showcased in our new 'World of Color' attraction, which includes scenes from several classic Disney and Pixar films. It is befitting that Disneyland Resort host this celebration of filmmaking and support the inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival."

"We are very fortunate to have Disneyland Resort as a founding sponsor in creating a meaningful cultural event for Anaheim and Orange County," said Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the Anaheim International Film Festival. "Disneyland is a world ambassador, and AIFF has a similar role in the world of filmmaking, with numerous countries represented at our festival. It has been an ideal partnership in every way, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening hosted by the magic makers of Disney."

Tickets are now on sale for the Awards Night Celebration. Individual tickets are $150, with tables of 10 also available at bronze ($2500), silver ($3000) and gold ($5000) levels with accompanying benefits. To purchase tickets, please call (714) 991-9110 or e-mail awardsgala@anaheimfilm.org. Capacity is limited, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation in the Grand Californian's Sequoia Ballroom. Guests will then be escorted to Disney California Adventure for a showing of "World of Color" at 10:15 p.m.

A breathtaking extravaganza, "World of Color" brings animation to life with powerful fountains that become "stars" of the show as they create one of the world's largest projected water screens. During the 25-minute show, "World of Color" immerses audiences in technological wonder and the enchanting magic of beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar characters, combining nearly 1,200 versatile fountains, dazzling colors, Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, to take water-based entertainment to a new level of artistry.

The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival runs Oct. 13-17, 2010 at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Thousands of attendees are expected to visit the five-day festival and participate in film screenings, master classes and workshops taught by industry professionals, and star-studded gala events. The box office opens October 1, 2010. For more information, please call (714) 991-9110 or visit www.anaheimfilm.org.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Scheduled to Open in 2012

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Disney has released a new artist rendering showing Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World with a few faces you should certainly recognize. The image is part of a new web page just launched on the WaltDisneyWorld.com site.

On the page there are some details you may not have seen yet and more will be coming. Booking dates haven't been announced but the resort is still scheduled to open Summer of 2012.

September 21, 2010

Beauty and the Beast Revived on the West Coast

See Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the El Capitan Theatre, September 24 - October 7!

This March, the live Broadway musical extravaganza, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, presented by NETworks, is coming to the Pantages Theatre. Tickets for this engagement will go on presale in early December. In advance of this new show, the classic animated feature film is back for a special, limited, sing-a-long engagement.

See Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, September 24 - October 7.

Showtimes are 10:45am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm (showtimes may vary). Plus, at every show, there will be a special Live Appearance by Belle!

For tickets, click HERE.


SPECIAL CHARACTER BREAKFAST

Enjoy Breakfast with Belle at Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store, then see the 10:45am movie at the El Capitan.

Breakfast begins at 9:15am. This breakfast is only available for the 10:45am show on certain dates. Seating is limited, some dates already sold out. Reservations Required.

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Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Game for Nintendo DS™ is Available at Retail

New Nintendo DS Game Offers Enhanced Interconnectivity Elements with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Online Virtual World

BURBANK, Calif. - (September 21, 2010) - Disney Interactive Media Group today announced that Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue video game for Nintendo DS™ is now available in retail stores throughout North America. The new DS game includes new interconnectivity elements with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world (www.pixiehollow.com), which further immerses players into the Disney Fairies fantasy.

In the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue game, players can team up with familiar fairy friends to go beyond Pixie Hollow in order to bring summer back to the English Countryside, where the game takes place. The DS game offers all new adventures and exciting ways to connect with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world. For the first time ever, players can unlock exclusive items, create fairy avatars, and send postcards to their fairy friends in Pixie Hollow, all of which create an interconnected experience between the virtual world and the DS game.

"This franchise provides a unique opportunity for us to connect different platforms together in an innovative way for consumers," said Craig Relyea, senior vice president, Disney Interactive Studios. "By offering Disney Fairies fans new ways to connect across multiple devices, we're creating immersive digital experiences that further enhance their Disney Fairies experience."

Also, to celebrate the release of the game, Pixie Hollow is holding a Disney Fairies Fashion Design Contest and is asking fans to draw upon their imaginations to design a Fairy or Sparrow Man outfit inspired by the DS game. The winning designs will be brought to life as a new collection in a Pixie Hollow shop, and the winning designers will receive grand prizes that include a Nintendo DS game system, a copy of Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue DS game, and a one-month Pixie Hollow membership card.

"We are encouraging our passionate Disney Fairies online community to tap into their creativity and love of fashion to design an outfit that will be a part of the Pixie Hollow virtual world," says Jason Everett, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow product director. "With the launch of the new 'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue' animated feature and the video game, fans will have a lot of Disney Fairies content to draw from and customize."

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue for Nintendo DS arrives in stores the same day as Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue movie. The game, from Disney Interactive Studios, is Rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and available now at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

To enter the Disney Fairies Fashion Design Contest, visit the Pixie Hollow website (http://pixiehollow.go.com/contests_home.html).

September 23, 2010

Disney Guests Become Stars of Castle Show and TV Ads As Walt Disney World and Disneyland ‘Let the Memories Begin’

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( Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs, TV personality Tom Bergeron and Broadway star Montego Glover join Mickey Mouse Sept. 23, 2010 in New York City for the announcement of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" campaign for 2011.)

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2010) - In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or "it's a small world" at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new "Let the Memories Begin" campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.

"A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. "We'll spotlight those 'only-at-Disney' moments with family and friends during our 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign."

A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them - nearly three-quarters said they think back "often" or "very often" on their favorite vacation experiences.

'Memories in the Making' to be Shared on Disney Park Icons

Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a "Let the Memories Begin" nighttime experience.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of "it's a small world" will be the canvas for the show.

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience - a memory in the making - and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a 'Call for Memories'

Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.

The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.

For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special "Let the Memories Begin" online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing - including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.

With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.

"We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks," Staggs said. "Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.

"A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories - and now we're helping our guests share those memories with the world.
More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011

To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.

Here's a snapshot of what's in store:

* "World of Color" (Disneyland Resort): "World of Color", the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.

* Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, "The Little Mermaid." The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.

* New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the "Star Wars" galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.

* Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.

* Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai'i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

* Adventures by Disney: In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations they never dreamed possible - including Italy, South Africa and China - with the assurance of the Disney name.

Disney Parks Vacationers Can Post Disney Memories, Possibly Appear in Disney Ads and More

You've made Disney vacation memories and captured them in photos or video. Now you intend to share them with the world by posting them online.

Disney Parks has created a place where you can share those memories and view the Disney memories of other vacationers - with the possibility that they'll be shared with yet more people in a Disney television "spot" or in print or online communications.

As Disney Parks launches "Let the Memories Begin" with communications that acknowledge making memories as "the masterpiece of parenthood," the company also has launched a website for sharing and viewing memories. Guests can upload their photos, videos and text-only memories at DisneyParks.com/Memories. They can even categorize their memories by theme, emotion and location.

The DisneyParks.com/Memories website (also available soon in Spanish and French) has a simple-to-use interface for uploading, viewing and searching Disney memories. The functionality also will be part of the Disney Parks pages on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.

Memory submission is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Choose to share your memory on DisneyParks.com/Memories; Facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld; Facebook.com/Disneyland; Youtube.com/DisneyMemories; or Myspace.com/DisneyParks.
2. Describe your memory. Memories can upload as photos, videos or text-only.
3. Then all it takes is hitting the "submit" box and, once reviewed, a lifetime Disney memory is stored and shared.


On the heels of a series of television commercials created with brief home video segments, Disney Parks is looking for more "user-generated content" for future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation-planning video segments relating to "Let the Memories Begin."

September 24, 2010

Openings Grand at Sea and on Land: Disney Unwraps Magical, Memory-Making Attractions, Cruises, Resorts, Tours

NEW YORK - Nothing like a little Disney magic to make memories that last a lifetime. Just in time for "Let the Memories Begin," Disney is embarking on exciting, all-new experiences for guests that will take them over the horizon, under the sea, beyond the solar system and on bushwalks with adventure at every turn.

Before the curtain comes down on 2010, new offerings bow at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Then during 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of "Star Wars" and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of "The Little Mermaid." Meanwhile, Disney will celebrate the opening of a resort hotel in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's new and next:

At Walt Disney World Resort

New Safari Experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Early 2011)- Imagine crossing a rickety footbridge above a riverbed paved in menacing crocodiles. Or trekking through a forest for an up-close encounter with a pool of hippos. Guests wanting to venture off the beaten path at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have an exciting opportunity beginning in early 2011. A new add-on experience, Wild Africa Trek, will take small groups of adventurers on personalized, guided excursions that include a bushwalk through unexplored areas of the forest, home to many species of wildlife, along with over-landing in customized vehicles across an animal-filled savanna. On these expert-led treks, extended time will be spent observing and learning about the wildlife. To complete the journey, guests will experience a taste of Africa while viewing wildlife from a specially designed observation station.

New Epcot Dining Experiences (August, September 2010)- Culinary expansions at the Italy and Mexico pavilions treat guests to delectable discoveries. In Italy, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria called Via Napoli opened in August. Operated by Patina Restaurant Group, the same restaurateurs who run the pavilion's Tutto Italia restaurant, the 300-seat pizzeria features wood-burning ovens named for volcanoes in Italy - and uses water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world's best pizza dough. The 14,000-square-foot space includes indoor and outdoor dining. Open this month (September), the Mexico pavilion welcomes guests to La Hacienda and La Cantina de San Angel - two restaurants under one roof. La Hacienda is a 250-seat restaurant serving romantic dinners beside World Showcase Lagoon while La Cantina is a 150-seat quick-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. South-of-the-border creations from the culinary team at San Angel Inn have been an Epcot mainstay for more than 25 years.

"Disney Channel Rocks!" (Fall 2010) - A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. "Disney Channel Rocks!" will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the "High School Musical" series, "Camp Rock" and "StarStruck." The show - at Disney's Hollywood Studios - will follow a format that is similar to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!"

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) - Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the "Star Wars" galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D - for the first time.

Rapunzel Debuts in Magic Kingdom (October 2010) - Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature "Tangled," will begin greeting guests of all ages in a new interactive "play and greet" offering in Fairytale Garden this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

Taking it to the Next Level (2011) - The newly relaunched ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort continues to add more athlete enhancements in 2011 with the addition of the new Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center inside the renamed HP Field House at the complex. The creation center will allow athletes, coaches and fans to create and design an assortment of uniquely customized posters, photo albums, and materials to commemorate their sports experience.


At Sea: Disney Dream Makes Splashy 2011 Debut

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) - A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. Interior staterooms with Virtual Portholes that bring the outside in using real-time views. The Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to the whole family. The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on
Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will follow three-, four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers.

New Horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) - 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. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their local travel agent.

At Disneyland Resort

"World of Color"(June 2010) - The new nighttime water spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show, which debuted in June, employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. This one-of-a-kind spectacular will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay. Check www.disneyland.com for show schedules and dining packages that include reserved viewing.

More Fun at Disney California Adventure (June 2010) - In addition to "World of Color," guests at Disney California Adventure enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the traditional swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Band Concert."

Rapunzel Debuts in Disneyland Park (October 2010) - Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature "Tangled," will begin greeting guests of all ages in Fantasyland this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

"Disney Channel Rocks!" (Fall 2010) - A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. "Disney Channel Rocks!" will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the "High School Musical" series, "Camp Rock" and "StarStruck." The show - at Disney California Adventure - will follow a format that is similar to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!"

New Enhancements to Disneyland Hotel (ongoing) -Renovation will continue at 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 guestroom towers. Two themed suites opened in 2010, the Fairy Tale and Big Thunder suites, and a third new suite is under development. They join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

Disney Premieres Little Mermaid attraction (2011) - Guests will be magically transported "under the sea" with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Guests will experience a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them. They will sing along with Sebastian and Flounder, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and watch the Little Mermaid fall in love. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure.

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) - Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the "Star Wars" galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D - for the first time.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" (2011) - Disney characters will stomp down Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland Park. "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" brings to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films with an explosion of thrilling rhythms and bold percussion. Live musicians will amplify the fun and colorful dancers will entertain guests to the tune of a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals, steel drums and more. Mickey Mouse and some favorite Disney characters will encourage members of the crowd to join the giant jam session.

Goofy's Sky School (2011) - Goofy's Sky School will join the fun along Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure. The coaster attraction is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, "Goofy's Glider," and the theme is a flying academy with Goofy as the instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt

Egyptian Wonders Ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning in April 2011) - Once upon a time, there were "seven wonders of the ancient world." Today, one remains: the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and the sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise, and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents - experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.


Disney Resort Sets Hawaii Opening

Disney Says 'Aloha' (fall 2011) - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

And Beyond"

-- Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion themed to the Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars," and scheduled to open in 2012 at Disney California Adventure.

-- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, at Walt Disney World Resort, scheduled to open in late 2012 with family suites themed to Disney and Disney-Pixar animated films.

-- Disney Fantasy, the sister ship to the Disney Dream, scheduled to set sail in 2012.

-- Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, where work is underway on a multi-year expansion that is the largest in history of the flagship park at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort.

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt, Invites Families to Experience the World in 2011

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BURBANK, Calif. - Adventures by Disney (www.AdventuresbyDisney.com) has introduced its 2011 itineraries and adds a new destination to its collection - Egypt: "Pyramids, Pharaohs & Ancient Treasures."

Family-appealing vacations are a hallmark of Adventures by Disney. Egypt with its ancient and modern mysteries brings an exciting and exotic new dimension to the lineup in 2011.

"Adventures by Disney specifically designs each itinerary to entertain and enlighten every member of the family," said Karl Holz, president of Adventures by Disney. "Whether discovering the beauty of the United States or traveling the furthest parts of the globe, such as Egypt, Adventures by Disney provides the perfect way to travel as a family."

To the Pyramids - and Beyond

Picture arriving in Cairo and embarking on a privately guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with its extensive trove of mummies and ancient artifacts. Families will then take an unforgettable excursion to Giza for an up-close view of the Great Pyramids and the fascinating Pharaoh's Boat Museum. And what is a trip to Egypt without a camel-ride past the pyramids.

Journey to Southern Egypt with your fellow travelers and highly trained Adventure Guides on a three-day Nile River cruise and visit the riverside towns of Aswan and Luxor, as well as privately guided tours of temple ruins, including pharaohs Tutankhamen and Ramses VI.

Whether discovering how the ancient Egyptians created papyrus or learning how to write their family's name in hieroglyphics, there is something for everyone regardless of age on this new itinerary, as well as the additional itineraries available through Adventures by Disney.

The Disney Difference

From snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos to discovering Europe's classic history, each itinerary is as matchless as its surroundings. Yet one aspect holds true for every trip: the special touches that are collectively called "the Disney difference".

Adventure Guide: Part storyteller, ambassador, concierge and role model, the Adventures by Disney highly trained Adventure Guides are the friendly hosts and travel specialists who lead guests on every trip. With two guides assigned for every group (of up to 40 people), travelers receive individual attention to ensure a fun and enriching vacation.

Junior Adventurers: Young travelers are transformed into Junior Adventurers - seeing, hearing and tasting things that they might otherwise not have experienced. The immersive activities created just for kids allow young travelers to learn and have fun in places like museums that aren't always as entertaining for the younger set. For example, at the Louvre in Paris, the Junior Adventurers play an Art Detective game throughout the museum with their Adventure Guides, while adults take a privately guided tour with an art historian. In addition, Adventure Guides are expert storytellers and are trained to create fun and unique, locally based experiences for the kids. On almost every departure, there is also a Junior Adventurers night, in which the kids have a special evening experience with their guides, while the adults get a quiet evening on their own at the resort.

Local Experts: An authentic Tuscan chef, a naturalist from Costa Rica, a Chinese tai chi master - these local experts share a passion; they live and breathe the local history and culture of their destination. They are an integral part of every Adventures by Disney vacation. They join guests to share their stories and provide an "insider's perspective to each destination.

VIP Access: Travelers vacationing with Adventures by Disney receive VIP experiences that are practically impossible to schedule on their own. Special entry to otherwise crowded sites, unique accommodations (such as castles in Ireland and Germany, a dude ranch in Yellowstone, and at the base of a live, active volcano in Costa Rica). Guests also get backstage access of celebrated performances such as "The Lion King" in London. These are just a few of the exceptional moments woven through each itinerary, promising expedited service and a broader knowledge of each destination.

Adventures by Disney 2011 destinations include 25 global itineraries across six continents:

Africa, Asia & Pacific
· Egypt (7 nights) - Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and the Nile
· Egypt (9 nights) - Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Nile and Sharm el Sheikh
· Enchanted China (10 nights) - China: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong
· Enchanted China (12 nights) - China: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong
· Safari to South Africa - South Africa: Cape Town, The Garden Route and Kapama Game Reserve
· Discovery Down Under - Australia: North Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Sydney

British Isles & Europe
· Cities of Knights and Lights - England and France: London and Paris
· The Emerald Isle - Ireland:Dublin, Killarney and Shannon
· Once Upon a Fairytale - Germany: Heidelberg, Waldeck, Rothenburg and Munich
· Alpine Magic - Italy and Switzerland: Lake Como, Zermatt and Lake Luzern
· Viva Italia - Italy:Rome, Tuscany and Venice
· Bella Italia - Central Italy: Sorrento and Florence

Latin America
· Path to Pura Vida - Costa Rica:San José, Tortuguero and Arenal National Parks
· Treasures of the Galapagos - Quito, Otavalo Valley and Galapagos Islands
· Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities - Peru: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima

North America
· Spirit of America - Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
· Quest for the West - Wyoming: Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
· Southwest Splendors - Arizona and Utah: Sedona, Grand Canyon and Moab
· Backstage Magic - Southern California: Hollywood and Disneyland Resort
· Taming the Last Frontier - Alaska: Fairbanks, Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks
· Rocky Trails and Mountie Tales - Montana and Canada: Glacier and Banff National Parks

Gateway and Signature Tours

In addition to the 21 core collection of itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers two specialty collections: the Signature Collection and the Gateway Collection. Featuring such extras as upgraded hotels, VIP amenities, special entertainment and additional, exclusive activities and enhanced elements on select trip components, the Signature Collection offers an even more extraordinary vacation.

Also, Adventures by Disney presents the Gateway Collection, the newest vacation option offering flexibility via expanded free time so there is more time to visit venues that interest a family most and is an affordable way to see some of the world's most desirable locales. Travel to Italy or London and Paris with no more than 50 guests, stay in comfortable lodging, enjoy the service of two Disney-trained Adventure Guides, VIP access to things difficult to arrange, special fun for the kids and expanded free time.

Signature Collection
· Path to Pura Vida - Costa Rica Signature:San José, Arenal National Park, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park
· Viva Italia - Italy Signature:Rome, Tuscany and Venice

Gateway Collection
· Gateway to Italy - Rome, Florence and Venice
· Gateway to London and Paris - London and Paris

Worldwide and on the Web

Just as Adventures by Disney creates family-friendly adventures with the child in mind, so, too, are online activities designed for kids. Junior Adventurers can get a taste of the authentic real-life experiences they will soon explore by means of destination-specific games, trivia, photos, downloadable coloring maps and countdown calendars (JuniorAdventurers.com).

Additionally, AdventuresbyDisney.com is designed to answer guests' primary vacation questions. Unsure where to travel? The unique Trip Selector tool narrows down the ideal choices based on the family's interests. Curious what to expect day-to-day? Travelers can reference the Frequently Asked Questions to find a plethora of information - everything from destination climate to children-friendly cuisine for each itinerary. Decide on a trip? The full E-brochure is available online for guests to e-mail and share with others planning the vacation. The website also features a condensed print version of each itinerary including dates and pricing ranges for easy hands-on reference.

September 25, 2010

Disney Dream Royal Palace Dining Room

DIsney Cruise Line brings you another insider's look at the construction of our newest ship, this time we are showcasing Royal Palace restaurant inspired by classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty."

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With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Palace's circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing work are all recreated from the "Cinderella" ballroom scene. Wall sconces are fashioned after those seen in "Beauty and the Beast."

At Royal Palace, guests will feast on a world-class continental cuisine. The menu will include dishes fit for a monarch, including beef Wellington, crowned rack of lamb, king salmon and princess cake. The wine list will feature an excellent selection of Old World wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at this restaurant.


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September 27, 2010

D23 Announces The Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament as Part of the Upcoming D23 Expo, Bringing Additional Excitement to the 2011 Disney Fan Event

Two Walt Disney World Events Also Announced to Celebrate the Resort's 40th Anniversary and the Second Exciting Year of Disney's Official Fan Club

Burbank, Calif., September 27, 2010 - This weekend D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced The Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament as an exciting addition to the already highly anticipated D23 Expo 2011. The tournament will allow Disney enthusiasts to compete for the title of Disney Trivia Champion at "The Ultimate Fan Event" to be held next August 19-21 in Anaheim, California.

In a little more than a year, D23 has grown into a community of tens of thousands of Disney fans from every state in the U.S. and more than 30 different countries.

"D23 Members often surprise us with the vast knowledge they possess of all things Disney as well as their passionate nature when it comes to who knows the most about the magic," said Steven Clark, head of D23. "So we've decided to feed their competitive spirit with a new signature event, The Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament at the D23 Expo, as well as D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt at Walt Disney World, which will take place in conjunction with our Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary celebration next spring."

Upcoming D23 Expo 2011 announcements include:

Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament. The Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament is an exciting new addition to the D23 Expo 2011. The eccentric, professorial quack-meister Ludwig Von Drake will be presiding over the festivities as competitors demonstrate their deep knowledge of all things Disney, including park attractions and shows and parades, past and present; films and TV shows through the years; consumer products, games, company history and, of course, Walt and his family. No corner of Disney's magical kingdom will be left unexplored in this quest to find that uniquely talented individual who knows more about Disney than anyone else.

Potential champions can test themselves and hone their skills by visiting the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Web page, which will launch soon. A new sample question will be posted each week as well as lists of suggested reading/cramming materials, the official contest rules and exactly how to participate. Details will be available soon at D23.com and D23Expo.com.

Fan Art Contest. The One Hundred and One Dalmatians Fan Art Contest invites members of D23 to depict those classic canines in almost any type of art installation. The contest is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beloved animated feature, and the winners will have their work displayed inside the Fan Art Gallery, which will be themed to the infamous House of de Vil at the D23 Expo 2011. Following "The Ultimate Fan Event," these works of art will become a part of the Walt Disney Archives permanent collection.

To enter, Disney fans must submit sketches of proposed artwork no later than April 4, 2011. Entrants must be members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. More information and art specifications available at: http://D23.disney.go.com/expo/articles/20100819-disneysfanartcontesthonor.html

Collectors' Forum. The Collectors' Forum is the ultimate Disney marketplace for fans. Collectors, dealers and other vendors have the chance to showcase their collections in this ultimate forum for buying, selling and trading Disney merchandise and memorabilia. This year, in addition to Disney, Pixar and ABC collectibles, the Forum will feature items from the amazing world of Marvel, the newest addition to the Disney family, and Star Wars, in celebration of the reimagined attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Following the successful and sold-out Destination D: Disneyland '55 event this past weekend, as well as the equally exciting (and sold out) D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt-which offered Disney's most competitive fans the chance to be a part of Disneyland's first-ever official scavenger hunt-D23 has announced two exciting new events coming soon to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary. Following the rave reviews of Destination D: Disneyland '55, D23 has announced Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary to be held in spring 2011 (exact dates TBD). The event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Orlando resort, its history and heritage. Panels will include all-new presentations that echo the successful panels at Destination D: Disneyland '55, including "Walt Disney World: The Way We Were," hosted by Disney Legend Dave Smith, "Weird Disney" with Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, "From Quirky to Collectible: The Wonderful World of Walt Disney World Merchandise," "Walt Disney World Through the Eye of Television" and "Walt Disney World in Pop Culture," as well as a special evening event featuring musical memories from throughout the history of Walt Disney World. Other panels, featured speakers and details will be announced soon on the D23 Web site.

The Destination D events were created to celebrate the rich legacy of The Walt Disney Company and each event focuses on a different part of that legacy.

D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World. The race is on" again! Following this past weekend's first Great Disney Scavenger Hunt at Disneyland with 2,000 people and 575 teams, D23 is inviting guests to the Walt Disney World Resort for a fun-filled, two-day hunt around the World. In spring 2011, for the first time in the 40-year history of Walt Disney World, guests will have the chance to scour all four theme parks to win incredible Disney prizes in this official Disney scavenger hunt. The cost will be $50 per team for D23 Members and $75 per team of non-members. Each team will consist of between 2-4 participants, and additional rules and registration information will be available soon at the D23 Web site.

Since launching in March 2009, D23 has hosted more than 50 member events, from special screenings, one-of-a-kind experiences and prestigious panels with Disney Legends to the hugely successful D23 Expo, "The Ultimate Fan Event," and the recent D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt which turned Disneyland into an open playing field that contestants scoured for answers to clues.

September 28, 2010

Disney Dream Inaugural Cruise Dining Reservations

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Those who are Disney Cruise Line Platinum Members are able to book reservations for specialty dining (Palo and Remy), excursions and spa treatments 120 days out.

If your January 26, 2011 Disney Dream Cruise is paid in full... we are now 120 days out. Excursion and Spa treatments are currently available to book. Later today Remy and Palo should be available to book.

Again, this is for Disney Cruise Line Platinum Members sailing the inaugural cruise on January 26, 2011.

What Would Walt Do?

WHAT WOULD WALT DO?
 Walt Disney Family Museum Logo

THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
WITH A YOUTUBE CONTEST

Submissions Invited between
September 27 and November 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO September 27, 2010 - The Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors in the Presidio of San Francisco almost a year ago on October 1, and to commemorate its first anniversary, the Museum has announced the launch of a YouTube Video Contest.

From September 27 to November 15, 2010, participants are invited to submit a short promotional video about the one-of-a-kind Museum that explores the fascinating life of Walt Disney, which includes ten interactive galleries that feature early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a 14 foot model of Disneyland and much more. Videos should have a running time between :30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, and the 3 top videos will be showcased on the Museum's blog and YouTube channel.

The Walt Disney Family Museum has produced a short instructional video to outline the contest rules and regulations, which can be viewed at http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest and at www.youtube.com/user/WDFMuseum.

Contest Prizes:
The Grand Prize package includes a 3 hour editorial session in the WDFM Learning Center Media Studio, a Kodak PlaySport camera, a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, dinner for two at La Terrasse Restaurant in the Presidio of San Francisco, as well as a Dual Membership, and a goodie bag from the Museum Store-which includes an autographed copy of the Museum's book.

The second prize winner will receive an individual one-year membership to the Museum, goodie bag from the store, and an autographed copy of "The Man, the Magic and the Memories", while the third prize winner will walk away with free admission to the Museum, a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store, and a copy of the book.

On November 29, the three winning videos will be announced on The WDFM's blog, (http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest), as well as Facebook and Twitter, with a posting of the first prize winner's video on our blog.

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Museum illuminates Walt Disney's tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park. The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday - Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.


The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org

www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

September 29, 2010

Disney Dream Oceaneer Club

This giant submarine will be the centerpiece of Explorer Pod, one of four themed areas at Disney's Oceaneer Club. Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands of Disney fairies, friendly monsters, adventuresome toys and undersea exploration. Disney's Oceaneer Club is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

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Inspired by Disney-Pixar's "Finding Nemo," Explorer Pod features 16 interactive computer stations. Outside of the sub, eight computer stations provide gaming fun as the familiar flock of seagulls from "Finding Nemo" looks on.

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