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May 3, 2011

Walt Disney World Resort Gears Up for Summer Hiring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- April 29, 2011 - Walt Disney World Resort is gearing up for summer hiring by filling jobs for full-time, part-time and seasonal roles beginning April 30 with a week-long, online job fair.

Through the website www.WaltDisneyWorld.jobs/jobfair, prospective cast members can apply for diverse positions in the resort's four theme parks, two water parks, Downtown Disney and 24 hotels.

Opportunities are available in a variety of areas including quick service foods, lifeguards, merchandise, attractions and entertainment.

In addition to competitive pay, cast members receive unique benefits including theme park admission, on-site health and wellness center, discounts on select dining and merchandise, affordable on-site child care, learning opportunities and exclusive access to Mickey's Retreat, a 19-acre recreation complex.

The job fair ends May 8.


Disneynature Collaborates with the African Wildlife Foundation to Help Protect 50,000 Acres in Kenya's Amboseli Wildlife Corridor

BURBANK, Calif. (May 2, 2011) - Disneynature announced today that its "See 'African Cats,' Save the Savanna" campaign will help protect more than 50,000 acres of land in Kenya's Amboseli Wildlife Corridor on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see Disneynature's motion picture "African Cats" during its opening week (April 22-28, 2011). A portion of the proceeds from the opening-week ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna.

The area to be protected equates to 100 Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Parks or more than twice the size of Manhattan. The AWF will be working to establish the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

"We're so proud that audiences nationwide have embraced the film and the 'See "African Cats," Save the Savanna' initiative," said Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios. "The conservation efforts Disneynature has supported so far span the globe-from planting trees in Brazil, to preserving coral reef in The Bahamas and now protecting this essential passage in Kenya-they've become an extraordinary part of our films and audiences have played a key role in helping our planet."

"The 'See "African Cats," Save the Savanna' program transformed the moviegoing experience into tangible on-the-ground conservation action," said Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation. "The commitment of Disneynature combined with the passion of moviegoers will raise critical funds to conserve the land that the magnificent species featured in "African Cats" call home. Through this amazing collaboration, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary together with Disneynature and all the people who are helping establish the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor."

While the opening-week ticket sales will help protect more than 50,000 acres of the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, the conservation efforts tied to "African Cats" do not end there. Additional collaborations are committed to adding at least another 15,000 acres to the program-from the sale of artwork and jewelry inspired by the film, to the sale of Jordin Sparks' "The World I Knew" single, to the Cast Member Earth Month pledges across the Walt Disney Company, plus more. These programs, many of them ongoing, support the "Save the Savanna" initiative, which will have a positive long term and sustainable impact on the animals and people of Africa.

"See 'African Cats,' Save the Savanna" continues Disneynature's conservation efforts, which began with its first release, "Earth" (2009), for which three million trees were planted in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. The program in support of "Oceans" (2010) helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef. "African Cats" is in theaters now.

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, "African Cats" captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother's strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings "The Lion King" to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill ("Earth"). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, "African Cats" leapt into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. For more information about the movie and the "See 'African Cats,' Save the Savanna" initiative, check out Disney.com/AfricanCats.

May 6, 2011

Fun Revs up at Downtown Disney During Car Masters Weekend May 13-15


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Classic cars will meet their match as star racecar Lightning McQueen, pal Mater and master British spy Finn McMissile from Disney-Pixar's upcoming animated motion picture "Cars 2" race into town during Car Masters Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort May 13-15, 2011. Car lovers will delight in a weekend devoted to all things cars, with activities from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Downtown Disney West Side:

Muscle cars will line the Downtown Disney promenade alongside the largest life-sized, radio-controlled replica cars ever built--which bring their big-screen "car-acter" counterparts to life for fans to meet face to face.

Pixar Animation Studios' "Cars" Franchise Guardian and resident car expert, Jay Ward, has been tapped to judge the Classic Car show which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR fans can get a peek at Richard Petty's racecar on display inside RIDEMAKERZ at Downtown Disney.

The family-friendly weekend will feature special Disney-Pixar "Cars 2" merchandise --including new RIDEMAKERZ models -- and bonus entertainment.

The 2006 Disney-Pixar "Cars" film returns to the big screen with a limited engagement viewing at AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatres throughout the weekend. Moviegoers can even catch a glimpse of the new movie trailer from "Cars 2," which gets the "green flag" on June 24, 2011, presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX 3D® in select theaters.
State Farm brings Disney-Pixar's "Cars 2" adventure directly to fans with the "Agents on a Mission" tour, showcasing cars modeled after their big-screen likenesses. Guests can check out the cars and take part in a variety of "Cars 2"-themed activities, including a video kiosk, e-photo opportunities, games and giveaways. They can also enter the "Agents on a Mission" sweepstakes, which features 18,000 prizes, including a new car.

May 7, 2011

Dwight Howard and Chewbacca at Star Tours


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard poses May 6, 2011 with "Star Wars" character Chewbacca in front of the new "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new 3-D attraction opens May 20, 2011. Howard was just honored with his third straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and finished second in the NBA MVP voting this season. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

A New In-Theatre Dining Experience with a Menu of Choices Opens May 16 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2011) - AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests will be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages at AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. AMC Dine-In Theatres, the only theatre of its kind in the Orlando area, debuts at this location May 16 and combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Downtown Disney as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "Since the launch of this concept, we've received tremendous feedback from our guests about the enhanced experience and variety of food and beverage options. More than 90 percent of our surveyed guests who attended a Dine-In location said it met or exceeded their expectations."

AMC Dine-In Theatres offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge.

Dine-In Theatres (six auditoriums at AMC Downtown Disney):

* Casual, in-theatre dining
* Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
* Table-top dining
* Seat-side service and a personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
* An extensive menu including a wide array of entrees such as an enticing selection of quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches, house specialties, as well as appetizers and deserts
* A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
* Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

MacGuffins® Bar & Lounge:

* A full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Downtown Disney 24
* The perfect place to hang out with friends before the show or discuss the movie after it ends
* Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
* Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and the full Dine-In Theatre menu, including appetizers and desserts
* MacGuffins Bar & Lounge guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Downtown Disney 24 pricing:

* Ticket prices range from $6-13, depending on day of week and showtime, for the Dine-in Theatre experience.
* Menu items start at $6.59-8.99 for appetizers and adult entrees range from $8.59-11.99.
* Specific pricing information, including value pricing and senior/student pricing, for the Dine-In Theatres at AMC Downtown Disney 24 can be found at www.amctheatres.com/dinein (click on the Downtown Disney 24 link).

AMC Downtown Disney 24 also offers 18 traditional auditoriums featuring stadium seating, the innovative Marketplace concession area and an ETX auditorium. ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums.

In addition to AMC Downtown Disney, AMC features seven existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:

* AMC Buckhead - Atlanta
* AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
* AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.
* AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 - Bridgewater, N.J.
* AMC Menlo Park 12 - Edison, N.J.
* AMC Essex Green 9 - Menlo Park, N.J.
* AMC Grapevine Mills 30 - Grapevine, Texas

For complete pricing information and showtimes, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/dinein.

May 15, 2011

Enchanted Tiki Room to Transform this Summer Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney Imagineering announced earlier today at D23's Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th event that The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) at Magic Kingdom Park is already undergoing changes behind closed doors that will reshape the attraction into a version reminiscent of the original show.


The Walt Disney World attraction, originally called Tropical Serenade, has been entertaining guests since the theme park's opening day on Oct. 1, 1971. Its winged hosts, Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael, led 200 other birds, tikis and flowers in an entertaining musical Polynesian revue. Tropical Serenade was reshaped into The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) in 1998, with the addition of Iago (from "Aladdin") and Zazu (from "The Lion King").

The attraction was based on Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened at Disneyland park in 1963. Its debut marked a huge milestone in Disney history, becoming the first attraction to ever feature Audio-Animatronics figures - a breakthrough that took 10 years to develop.

The latest version of the attraction, which will be called Enchanted Tiki Room, will debut at Magic Kingdom Park later this summer. Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for future updates on the attraction's progress.

May 19, 2011

Beloved Bambi Tops The Walt Disney Family Museum June 2011 Events Calendar


The Presidio, San Francisco (May 16, 2011) - Bambi, Thumper, Flower and Faline come to life at the Walt Disney Family Museum in June with showings of the 1941 classic on the big screen, a live study sketch class with real animals (the same way Walt and his team learned their endearing animal animation skills), and conversations about Disney legend/Bambi landscape artist Tyrus Wong. It's time to fall in love with Bambi all over again - on the big screen of our state-of-the-art digital theater!

FILM OF THE MONTH - June 1-June 30 (except Tuesdays and June 11 + 25)
Bambi (1941)

1pm and 4pm daily, Theater; $5/children; $7/adults
Tickets at www.waltdisney.org

Saturday, June 11 - The Art of Tyrus Wong
3pm, Theater

Tickets at www.waltdisney.org

Disney legend and landscape artist Tyrus Wong had a real gift for evoking incredible feeling in his paintings. Walt saw that Ty was able to produce exquisite watercolor paintings that brought the audience into the forest and made the environment feel real and alive. Walt Disney's vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus' work influences many films today. Animation experts Charles Solomon, Pixar's Ralph Eggleston, and Paul Felix discuss the art of Bambi and how it forever shaped animation and continues to influence today's films.

Saturday, June 25 - The Anatomy of an Animal: Animating a Deer with J.B. Kaufman
3pm, Theater

Tickets at www.waltdisney.org
Walt Disney went to great lengths to ensure that his animators had everything they needed in order to draw animals realistically for Bambi. Real fawns were brought into the studio so that the animators would be able to study the animals and sketch them from every angle. This "life study," along with advanced anatomy classes and trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, made the production of Bambi a slow process, but the study-paired with the emotion-made for a spectacular and heart-wrenching film. Noted author and historian J.B. Kaufman discusses the visual style and evolution of this Disney classic.

Saturday, June 4 - Finger Painting for Big Kids: Intro to Painting

1-4pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Learn painting at its most fundamental level - finger painting; mix colors while exploring the color wheel, and experiment with acrylic paints and water colors. Adopt the vocabulary of an artist and learn the ins and outs of caring for artist tools and paints. Registration required at education@wdfmuseum.org or 415-345-6814. Members: $40 / Non-Members: $45

Saturday, June 25 - Live Study Sketch Session with Petting Zoo

10am-12pm, Front Lawn (weather permitting)
Free with paid Museum admission

Learn to animate animals just like Walt Disney. Don't miss this opportunity to join an artist and sketch live animals on the Museum's front lawn.

Saturday, June 11 + Sunday, June 19 - Disney Discoveries

1-3pm, Learning Center Art Studio
Bring the forest scenes from Bambi to life by creating a 3D diorama Capture the beauty of the trees and the drama of the "little April showers" scene in a miniature woodland landscape.

June 24, 25 + 26 - Look Closer: Bambi concept art by Disney legend Tyrus Wong
3pm, Gallery 5

The Look Closer series provides tips and little known details about the artifacts in the galleries. June's five to eight minute staff-led gallery talks offer a peek behind the scenes of the creation of Bambi.

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

Admissions: Various: visit www.waltdisney.org for details

Website: www.waltdisney.org

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Fantasy - New Details Revealed!

(From the Disney Parks Blog)

With the Disney Fantasy, guests will have a full seven days to explore every nook and cranny of the ship. The Fantasy will bring to life many of the same innovative features and guest favorites from the Disney Dream, including the AquaDuck water coaster, Magical Portholes inside the staterooms and Enchanted Art throughout the ship. In addition, I want to share some new design elements and experiences that will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

One of my favorite new highlights is "Animation Magic" at Animator's Palate. This is a dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to participate in a unique new way. Everyone will be a "guest animator," as they will be invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Later, these sketches will be revealed on several large screens along the walls to join in an animated sequence with beloved Disney characters. Check out this photo that illustrates some of the magic that will dazzle guests during their dining experience.


Adults - another new element aboard the Disney Fantasy is just for you - it's a nighttime entertainment district called Europa. Guests 18 and older can escape and enjoy a collection of sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by European travel. La Piazza is themed after Italian cities and their decorative outdoor plazas. Skyline is a chic bar that provides birds-eye views of stunning European city skylines that transform from day to night. O'Gill's Pub is a rollicking Irish bar with modern day twists. Ooh La La is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls. And finally, The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Here's a sneak peek:


We also have a new surprise that will delight our younger cruisers - Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! At this very special salon, aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers. After making their royal entrance, young princesses-to-be are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training, who will transform them with the most magical makeovers you can imagine.


And on pirate party nights aboard the Disney Fantasy, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique becomes a buccaneer's dream - Pirate's League, where we can help guests of all ages prepare for a swashbuckling evening with beards and bandanas, swords and scars, earrings and eye patches and more. If you like dressing up for the occasion, you arrrr going to love this place!

This is only a small sampling of what you can look forward to on the Disney Fantasy - there's so much more that I can't wait to share with you. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil additional details!

May 20, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Disney Fantasy Guest Experiences

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2011) - The Disney Fantasy, the new Disney Cruise Line ship set to debut next spring, will bring to life many of the innovative features guests love on the recently launched Disney Dream including AquaDuck -- the world's first shipboard water coaster. But new design elements and guest experiences will give the Fantasy an identity all its own.

The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly designed Disney Cruise Line ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights. Sister ship to the Disney Dream, which entered service in January 2011, the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will sail week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012.


"Animation Magic" at Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate on the Disney Fantasy brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with a new show called "Animation Magic." The dinner show celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in a whole new way.


Like Animator's Palate on the Disney Dream, the venue is wall-to-wall whimsy inspired by a classic animation studio. Throughout the restaurant, pillars are fashioned like huge pencils and brushes. Character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), film strips and other tools of the animation trade adorn the room. As a special nod to Mickey Mouse, the dining room chairs feature red and yellow colors and a trademark design - Mickey Mouse pants with two bright yellow buttons.

Upon entering Animator's Palate, guests are surrounded by artwork featuring their favorite Disney characters. Guests get a sneak peek into the origins of these beloved characters through concept art, storyboards and character studies.

As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.

Imagery is revealed on several large monitors showing animated, black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse. Mickey then places the Sorcerer's hat upon his head which transforms him, as well as all of the other pencil drawings shown throughout the room, from black and white to color.

Mickey then invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Pixar films set to "Be Our Guest" begins to delight guests. After the "Be Our Guest" number is complete, animated curtains are drawn on the monitors for a brief intermission. During this time, guests are encouraged to complete their own drawings, if they have not already done so, so they may be whisked off to Mickey Mouse who is conjuring a magical final act.

While guests enjoy dinner, the restaurant's walls fill with classic Disney and Pixar characters gathering food, eating and drinking together, and celebrating over meals.

After dinner, the animated curtains are opened on the screens and Sorcerer Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a flourish and musical crescendo, Mickey works magic as only Disney can do. Mickey conjures the guests' drawings - now fully animated and brought to life - into the onscreen action.

A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests' drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.

At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say "so long" to the guests and, as he does, credits roll on screen showing each guest's name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, each guest will have their character drawing returned to them, with an added touch" a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.

Europa Nighttime Entertainment District

On the Disney Fantasy, adult guests step into a world that's all their own at Europa - a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.

• La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from Italian cities and their decorative outdoor plazas. The bar is modeled after a colorful vintage carousel. Venetian masks, romantic couples' booths and a classic Vespa with a sidecar add Italian flair.


• Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning European city skylines that transform from day to night. Skyline's "windows to the world" give guests a glimpse of spectacular locales in panorama such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens and St. Petersburg.


• a selection of Irish beers create the perfect pub atmosphere where guests can sip a pint while watching live sporting events on one of several high-definition televisions.


• Ooh La La is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls, Victorian furniture and Louis XIV-style chaise lounges. A sensuous color palette is accented with ornate framed mirrors, gold details and a "jewel box" feature bar backed with sparkling diamond-like facets.


• The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Guests "mind the gap" as they walk across a Tube route map, lounge among mod furniture, pose by a red English phone booth, dance atop an illuminated Union Jack dance floor and enjoy cocktails at a bar inspired by Big Ben and London's many train stations.


"Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular"

A new ship means new main stage entertainment at the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. New to Disney Cruise Line, "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular" takes the stage on the Disney Fantasy. During this Broadway-style production, guests laugh along with the wise-cracking Genie and the cast from the classic animated Disney film, "Aladdin."


In this fast-paced musical comedy, Aladdin is back as the "street rat" of Agrabah meeting up with a Genie who grants him three wishes, battling the evil Jafar, and falling in love with Princess Jasmine.

Many of the classic scenes and songs from the movie are re-created on stage and some of the action even spills out into the aisles, like Prince Ali's jubilant arrival in Agrabah on the back of a stallion. Magic lamps, wise-cracking genies, princesses and evil wizards are all part of this musical production. And of course, an Aladdin production would not be complete without a magic flying carpet scene, which combines mechanical wizardry with state-of-the-art projections, allowing Jasmine and Aladdin to soar as they perform a heartfelt duet of "Whole New World."

Many of the songs from the movie are featured in the 45-minute musical production, including "Friend Like Me," which is performed as a lively, Las Vegas-style production number featuring special effects, illusions and more than a dozen dancing genies. Composer Alan Menken, who created the original soundtrack with songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, composed an original song for the stage production entitled "To Be Free."

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy, aspiring young princesses and pirates receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at this very special salon.


When young princesses-to-be make their royal entrance at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, they are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training who transform them with magical makeovers such as the Disney Diva, the Pop Princess or the Fairy Tale Princess. A variety of royal treatment packages include combinations of hairstyle, shimmering makeup and nails. Princess costumes, complete with crown, wand and shoes also are available.

Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse and First Mate Minnie Mouse makeovers plus special Under the Sea packages will be offered.

On pirate party nights aboard the Disney Fantasy, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transforms into the Pirate's League, where swashbuckling boys, girls and grownups can get ready for the pirate life.


Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled pirate's lair gets an official pirate name. Then it's off to Muster Station for applications of beards and bandanas, swords and scars, earrings and eye patches - all done with the savvy skill of a pirate master who shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures.

After the new buccaneers recite a sacred pirate oath, they are officially part of Captain Jack's motley crew, leaving their old identities behind. The shipmates and scoundrels are then turned loose on their pirate vessel.

Guests can choose from two pirate packages - First Mate (includes bandana, facial scars tattoos, fake teeth, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath) or Empress (includes bandana, shimmering makeup, face gem, tattoos, nail polish, earring, eye patch, sword and sheath).

Atrium Lobby - Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse

The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Fantasy is reminiscent of grand ocean liners of the Golden Age. Art Nouveau-inspired details and patterns in hues of vibrant blue, green, pink and gold lend to the sophistication. Glamorous and graceful design elements include a sweeping grand staircase, towering fluted columns, grand piano and an exquisite marble and stone inlay floor. A focal point is a cascading chandelier of stained glass and crystal beads.


The pièce de résistance of the magnificent space is the atrium lobby statue - Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s, Minnie, cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side, serves to welcome all guests who board the ship.

Royal Court Restaurant

At Royal Court restaurant, guests are immersed in the lavish surroundings of an elegant dining room fit for a grand palace. Royal Court takes design inspiration from the classic Disney films "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty." Décor features ornate details and custom furnishings and fixtures that incorporate iconic symbols from the films - glass slippers, apples, roses and tiaras.


An Austrian glass chandelier is a focal point, while eight custom brass and glass lighting fixtures modeled after Cinderella's coach adorn the room. Hand-crafted mosaic tile murals of the princesses - Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) - and their princes grace the walls. Inspired by the mosaic tile murals in Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, the Disney Fantasy mosaics are being meticulously created by skilled Italian craftspeople using more than 200,000 individual tiles, with 23 mosaic panels depicting six different vignettes.

With careful attention to detail, many of the restaurant's features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Court's chandeliers, chair backs and columns with marble bases and fluted tops are fashioned after those seen in "Beauty and the Beast." Wall sconces, decorative patterns, throne-style chairs and the circular floor plan are recreated from "Cinderella."

The Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries - alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for the seven-night Caribbean cruise itineraries on the Disney Fantasy start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.

Star Wars Creator George Lucas and Disney’s Bob Iger Launch Star Tours Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 20, 2011) - Star WarsTM creator George Lucas and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger wielded lightsabers amid a legion of stormtroopers Friday to open "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue," a new 3-D adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.

A cast of hundreds of Star Wars characters and performers - including Anthony Daniels, who has played the golden droid C-3PO since the first film debuted in 1977 - converged on Disney's Hollywood Studios for the launch of the attraction destined to send millions of guests on virtual journeys throughout the Star Wars galaxy.

Fittingly, the launch of Star Tours anchored the opening day of Star Wars Weekends, a popular event in the park celebrating the Star Wars legacy with special shows, presentations, motorcades and memorabilia. Star Wars Weekends continue each Friday-Sunday now through June 12, 2011.

And on June 3, 2011, "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" will open at Disneyland Resort in California.

"Star Tours immerses guests into the Star Wars universe like never before," Iger said. "The innovative technology and storytelling take guests on thrilling new adventures, bringing George Lucas' iconic characters and locations to life in a completely new way."

With eye-popping digital video leveraging Dolby 3-D to deliver a vivid and realistic visual experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in a Star Wars adventure like never before on a theme park attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic - the groundbreaking visual effects division of Lucasfilm - to bring the out-of-this-world attraction to life.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney guests since the 1980s, was "powered down" in 2010 so Disney's Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.

In "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue," there are more than 50 story combinations, so guests can find new adventures each time they experience the attraction.

Utilizing the random story combinations, the Starspeeder spacecraft embarks on a wild adventure, visiting several planets made famous in the Star Wars films. Among the locations that might provide haven from the Empire's pursuit are the icy planet of Hoth, the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater Gungan world on Naboo.

And along the way guests may encounter Star Wars characters that offer to help (or hinder) their journey, including Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. "Skytroopers," a legion of stormtroopers created just for the Star Tours attraction story, might even join in the chase.

In fact, guests will never know where the Force will take them. Flights are now departing during regular operating hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

May 24, 2011

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Marks 10 Years of Conservation Leadership

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 17, 2011 - While guests may visit Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge to experience the more than 200 animals from 30 different species roaming across 46 lush acres, the generosity of those guests has also funded conservation projects that extend far beyond the savannahs of the resort hotel.

Since Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge opened its doors ten years ago, the merchandise shops at the resort hotel have cumulatively raised $385,000 in donations from guests for the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), more than any other resort location.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund was established on Earth Day in 1995 as a global awards program for the study and protection of the world's wildlife and ecosystems. It provides annual awards to U.S. nonprofit conservation organizations working alongside their peers in other countries. Many of the recipient organizations concentrate their activities on "biological hotspots" - areas rich in plant and animal life at risk of imminent destruction.

The DWCF mission resonates with guests who visit Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, now a AAA Four-Diamond rated resort hotel that was designed with environmentally-conscious guests in mind.

"Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge demonstrates the importance of understanding our guests," said Kevin Myers, vice president of resort operations at Walt Disney World Resort. "We knew when we built Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, there was a segment of guests with a passion for the environment who would want to stay in a resort hotel whose design focused on animals, culture and conservation in addition to having amenities traditionally associated with a deluxe hotel."

Funds raised from guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge have gone toward important DWCF efforts around the world, from protecting lions in Africa to projects closer to home, including efforts to protect the Northern Jaguar in Mexico and last year's rapid response grants to rehabilitate thousands of sea turtles along Florida's Gulf Coast that were affected by a winter cold snap.

Myers points out that a commitment to conservation and the environment extends to each of the 24 resort hotels Walt Disney World Resort. All are certified Green Lodges by the Florida Green Lodging Program.

That commitment to the environment in lodging and the especially strong conservation themes that run through Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are all part of an environmental legacy handed down by Walt Disney himself.

In fact, during the grand opening ceremonies for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge ten years ago, the late Roy E. Disney remarked, "They [Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney] would have been thrilled with what has been created here and would have thought it a wonderfully appropriate addition to their company."

D23 Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Announcement

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Announces Spectacular New Prize For Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition
Winning Contestant Gets Free Trip on Disney Cruise Line's Newest Majestic Ship, the Disney Fantasy
BURBANK, Calif. - May 24, 2011 - D23's Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition kicks off the weekend's activities at this year's D23 Expo with a full day of mind probing on August 18. Participants will demonstrate their Disney knowledge before hundreds of onlookers in hopes to win the ultimate prize, a coveted cruise vacation on the Disney Fantasy, the newest vessel in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. The nail-biting semifinal and final rounds, held on Stage 23 during the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, will feature questions directly from the new Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition which releases this fall just in time for the holiday season. Disney Fantasy is set to make its maiden voyage in spring 2012. The spectacular special prize was announced during D23's Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th event. This new 4,000-passenger cruise liner will boast 14 towering decks, 1,250 staterooms and more than 1,450 cast and crew members. Specially designed with families in mind, the Disney Fantasy will provide entertainment for all ages, with a variety of pools, youth clubs and restaurants. The prize includes accommodations for four, plus air travel. Registration information, as well as additional details on the D23 Expo 2011 and D23's Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition, can be found on the D23 Expo website at www.D23Expo.com.

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Fan Event-brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks as never before. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 will fall into three different pricing tiers, based on purchase date (visit www.D23Expo.com for details), and D23 Members can enjoy additional savings plus members-only benefits. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public.

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 88-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 new collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

About TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition

Not just Disney trivia, TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition (SRP $29.99) connects the whole family by revealing personal "remember when" moments from every Disney touchstone. Created for the whole family, TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition features three innovative question types: "Take 2 Trivia"-giving two chances to earn the wedge, "My Disney"- little personal trivia sparked by favorite Disney moments or characters, and "Disney List"-work together to create lists or choose which don't belong. With these questions, players don't have to be a Disney genius to play, and with the help of a "secret reveal" device players can see just how much their family loves Disney! TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition arrives in stores this fall.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, all Disney Store locations within the United States, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" at Twitter and on Facebook.

May 26, 2011

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit returns to the D23 Expo!

12,000-Square-Foot Exhibit Will Feature Imagery, Costumes, Props and More From Beloved Disney Movies, Television Shows and Characters

BURBANK, Calif. - May 26, 2011 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the "Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives" exhibit to the D23 Expo. During the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 19-21, 2011, the 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which has doubled in size since the 2009 Expo, will give fans unprecedented access and insight into more than eight decades of Disney history.

The expansive exhibit will showcase the crown jewels of the Walt Disney Archives Collection, many of which will be displayed publicly for the first time. The most memorable props, set pieces, photos, costumes and memorabilia from beloved Disney films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, National Treasure, Tron (1982), The Rocketeer, Pinocchio and Who Framed Roger Rabbit will allow fans to enjoy and explore their favorite movies and characters like never before.

In addition, the show floor will feature one-of-a-kind pieces including a 23-foot model of The Black Pearl, used in both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the Dharma Initiative Volkswagen van from the ABC television series LOST, and Walt Disney's limousine.

"Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives," located on the second floor of the convention center, will feature numerous special exhibits including: an exhaustive collection of props, costumes and set pieces from ABC's groundbreaking series LOST; a Mickey Mouse exhibit featuring the original Mickey Mouse doll, Mousegetar, and a retrospective of memorabilia; a House of de Vil exhibit commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the animated film 101 Dalmatians, featuring a Fan Art Gallery as well as costumes and props from the live action film, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary; and a tribute to Zorro, the first ever episodic television series, featuring the largest collection of costumes and vintage memorabilia ever exhibited.

"This is truly a one-of-a-kind display that showcases the enormous creativity and imagination of Walt Disney and the artists who have created unforgettable moments in entertainment history," said Steven Clark, head of D23. "From Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney to Pirates of the Caribbean and Wizards of Waverly Place, the 'Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives' will truly be something for Disney fans of all ages."

The D23 EXPO 2011 will also feature the Disney Legends Awards - a tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; the return of the D23 Live Auction, boasting extraordinary rarities and specially designed items for Disney fans; the all-new Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition, where Disney fans will match wits to win a cruise on the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship; plus amazing live events, special celebrity appearances, panels and presentations and unique experiences from every corner of Disney - from upcoming feature film and television sneak peeks to what's new and what's next from our theme parks around the world.

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Fan Event-brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks as never before. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 fall into different pricing tiers, based on purchase date (visit www.D23Expo.com for details), and D23 Members can enjoy additional savings plus members-only benefits. Multiday money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public.

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 88-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, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

May 27, 2011

‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade’ Celebrates Music in Motion at Disneyland Park

Disney Music Comes Alive in a New Extravaganza;
Each Float Tells Its Own Musical Story

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 27, 2011 - Rhythm is king when the magic of Disney music takes to the streets in the new "Mickey's Soundsational Parade," debuting May 27 in Disneyland park. A bevy of favorite Disney characters including Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella, and Peter Pan will follow "the leader of the club," Mickey Mouse, as they lead guests on a journey of sound and story.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" comes alive with Disney characters, performers and nine new parade floats, each designed in the style of a children's "pop-up" story book with eye-catching visuals and whimsical elements. Each parade unit is brought to life through the fun and lively rhythms of drumlines, percussion teams and jazz horns. Images of musical instruments and oversized drums decorate the parade lineup.

Mickey Mouse leads all the performers onto the Disneyland parade route and demonstrates his own rhythmic prowess sitting atop the first float and playing an acoustic drum set. Just ahead of Mickey's float are six live drumline musicians who drive the beat and set the tone for the entire parade. The drumline performers playfully interact with guests as they make their way down the parade route. Also included in this classic character unit are Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale, and Goofy.

Next, the Genie from "Aladdin" takes over the street, brandishing a drum major's baton and leading six Cymbal Dancers who set a new rhythm. Aladdin himself commands the top of this float as he strikes a large gong and greets guests. Bringing up the rear is an animated version of Aladdin's pet monkey, Abu, who claps and plays cymbals of his own.

From there, "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" takes guests "Under the Sea," accompanied by a distinctively Caribbean sound including steel drums and marimbas. The world's favorite mermaid, Ariel, "floats" above this whimsical parade unit while a humorous octopus shows off a multi-armed talent for music making.

The next unit looks to land south of the border as The Three Caballeros introduce the spirited sounds of Latin America. Flower dancers and piñata dancers complete the scene around this rhythmic parade unit where Donald Duck dangles a piñata overhead for Jose and Panchito, Donald's friends from the 1944 classic film, "The Three Caballeros."

Disney's newest heroine, Rapunzel, leads a royal procession including Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White on a float dominated by Rapunzel's tower. This "Heroines" unit also features graceful court dancers in a lyrical tribute to the timeless tales of Disney princesses.

Jungle drums sound the arrival of Disney jungle inhabitants, including Simba perched majestically atop Pride Rock. The unit's music includes nods to such Disney melodies as "I Wanna Be Like You," "Trashin' The Camp" and the score from "The Lion King."

The parade next transports guests to New Orleans and the world of Princess Tiana, with jazz rhythms bursting from a classic Mississippi riverboat as it rolls down the parade route. Mardi Gras dancers beat tambourines in celebration as they surround Tiana's riverboat.

Adventure waits in Neverland as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and some bumbling pirates appear with the next float, locked in a comical battle. Above them, Tinker Bell plays on mushrooms as if they were drums and three butterflies flutter below her.

Mary Poppins and her friend Bert bring "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" to a close riding astride two carousel horses that appear to have just leaped from their perches in search of a musical adventure. This grand finale unit includes a moving, musical carousel and a "rooftop unit," meant to suggest the rooftops of London. Eleven chimney sweeps complete the parade with a high-energy broom dance.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" will be presented daily beginning May 27 along the Disneyland parade route between Main Street, U.S.A., and "it's a small world" in Fantasyland.

May 30, 2011

Scotty McCreery Celebrates ‘American Idol’ Win at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (MAY 30, 2011) - To celebrate his May 25 win on the popular "American Idol" television show, country music singer Scotty McCreery today was honored in a celebratory parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

American Idol Scotty McCreery

Excited fans lined the streets, cheering on the 17-year-old singer from Garner N.C., as he joined Mickey Mouse in a convertible sports car and greeted fans before taking the microphone to sing his new hit single, "I Love You This Big" in front of "The American Idol Experience" attraction in the Disney theme park.

American Idol Scotty McCreery

On Wednesday, McCreery was crowned the "American Idol" in a star-studded 10th anniversary season finale that was viewed by an estimated 29.3 million people.

In addition to the parade, McCreery later surprised guests by making an unannounced appearance on-stage at "The American Idol Experience" attraction inside the theme park.

American Idol Scotty McCreery

McCreery's visit to Walt Disney World Resort also celebrated "The American Idol Experience," the popular "American Idol"-themed attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.

"The American Idol Experience" - the first major theme park attraction in the world based on the popular television series phenomenon - was developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in conjunction with 19 TV Ltd and FremantleMedia Enterprises. In the attraction, Disney guests are able to experience the glitz and glamour of the "American Idol" television show, whether they are auditioning for a Disney producer, performing on-stage in front of a packed theater, or voting for their favorite performance from their audience seats.

Performers who receive the most audience votes in preliminary shows return to star in that evening's grand finale show. In addition to their new-found theme park fame, the top vote-getting guest in the finale show receives "The American Idol Experience" Dream Ticket - which allows an eligible holder to schedule a front-of-the-line audition at a future regional audition for the "American Idol" TV show.

May 31, 2011

Goofy’s Sky School, Restyled Shops and New Restaurants in Paradise Pier Disney California Adventure

Goofy's Sky School, Restyled Shops and New Restaurants Will Complete Transformation of Paradise Pier in Summer 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Guests will enjoy wild, hilarious flying lessons beginning July 1 at Goofy's Sky School, one of several new attractions and restaurants opening in Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure park. Along with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, these new experiences will complete the transformation of Paradise Pier, a section of the park reminiscent of a seaside amusement park of the 1930s.

The fun at Paradise Pier adds to the excitement of Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 through Sept 5, offering guests even more ways to make special memories at the Disneyland Resort,

New dining locations also make their debut July 1, offering a variety of options for lunch, dinner and snacks at Paradise Pier -- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill and Bayside Brews, a beer and pretzel kiosk. This spring, the popular Corn Dog Castle made its return and Seaside Souvenirs opened as a restyled merchandise location.

During the past two years, Walt Disney Imagineers have added new attractions, enhanced the entertainment offerings and updated the architecture in Paradise Pier, the boardwalk area surrounding Paradise Bay. The water spectacular "World of Color" opened in 2010, along with Silly Symphony Swings, and guests first enjoyed the high-scoring fun of Toy Story Mania! in 2008.

Ariel and Goofy are now part of the cast of Disney characters along Paradise Bay, inviting guests to stay and play all summer long.

Goofy's Sky School - Joining the fun along Paradise Pier July 1, this coaster attraction invites guests to enroll in Goofy's Sky School, a hilarious adventure filled with zany dips, twists and family thrills. Inspired by the classic Goofy "How-to" shorts of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short, "Goofy's Glider," the attraction takes "novice pilots" on a flying lesson through the wild, blue yonder. Zipping over and through the clouds, the flight path rises three stories high with plenty of wacky antics and instruction from Goofy via whimsically animated billboards.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta - The sights and sounds of the boardwalk are part of the flavor at this quick-service Italian eatery, which offers something for everyone. The menu includes delicious pasta dishes and salads, and guests will be able to watch their flatbread pizza being pulled piping hot from the ovens. Flatbreads run the gamut from a traditional cheese or pepperoni to a Portobello mushroom and spinach flatbread with pesto, artichokes, mozzarella, ricotta-salata and Pecorino Romano cheese. Pasta fans can dig into classic spaghetti and meatballs, pasta tossed with chicken in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, or five-cheese ravioli with pesto and toasted pine nuts.

Hearty salads include a chicken Caesar; Mediterranean chef salad with provolone, salami, capocollo, fresh mozzarella, cured ham, roasted peppers, olives and greens in a red wine vinaigrette; and a field greens salad with Craisins® dried cranberries, raisins, caramelized pecans and a basil vinaigrette. Vegetarian options are also available.

Paradise Garden Grill - Guests will find a Mediterranean spin on the food at this location with a variety of skewers and kabobs. Signature items include chicken, beef, vegetable, and tofu skewers served with rice pilaf, cucumber salad and grilled pita bread, with a selection of sauces, including Moroccan chili tomato and tandoori-spiced yogurt. Refreshing Greek salads and a kid's menu are also available

Bayside Brews - Warm, salted pretzels are an ideal treat to pair with a cold beer, available at this new kiosk beginning July 1 at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park. Bayside Brews will offer beverages and six types of beers on tap, for guests 21 years of age and older. The beers include domestic and specialty brews.

Corn Dog Castle - This boardwalk favorite returns to serve one of California's favorite beach snacks. The quick-serve eatery offers two choices for corn dog fans, original and hot link. A meatless option is also available, as a delicious, deep-fried cheddar cheese stick.

Seaside Souvenirs - This quaint boardwalk mercantile recalls the nautical-themed curio shops of seaside towns across the land. Formerly known as Souvenir 66, the mementos here are themed to the nearby The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction, and it also carries general merchandise and sundries.

Fun Facts About Goofy's Sky School:

•The attraction is inspired by the classic Goofy "how-to" short films of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short, "Goofy's Glider."

•The flight instructor's motto is on the entrance sign: "Fly the Goofy Way."

•The attraction tells the story of Goofy's decision to launch a flight academy following a failed attempt as an egg farmer on his California farmland.

•Residents of the egg farm-turned-flight school still linger on the premises, making this wacky flight school even more thrilling.

•Guests will enjoy unexpected turns on this "flight," which features several "switchback" sections over 1,200 feet of track.

•Attraction vehicles will hold four guests per car.

•Guests must be 42 inches tall to ride, and FastPass is available for Goofy's Sky School.

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