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October 1, 2011

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 40 Years of World-Class Theme Parks and Resorts

Magic Kingdom Opening Launched Disney Empire in Central Florida
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Once upon a time, a fairy tale castle rose on the edge of a Florida town where citrus grew, egrets waded and cattle roamed. In the shadow of the blue-spired castle named for the princess Cinderella, magical lands sprouted whimsical shows and attractions for world-weary families wishing to shed their cares and embrace a day of fun and fantasy.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It was October 1, 1971, and Magic Kingdom turnstiles began to spin after three weeks of trial runs by nearly 100,000 selected guests from throughout Central Florida. Twenty-two park attractions opened, and 5,000 costumed cast members (employees) made their debut as guests took a dive aboard 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, flew through the air in flap-eared Dumbo the Flying Elephant cars and met the iconic film character who started it all - Mickey Mouse.

The Magic Kingdom premiere 40 years ago, followed three weeks later by a star-studded grand-opening event with Bob Hope, Julie Andrews and other luminaries, put Walt Disney World Resort on the map. It was the most talked-about destination in the Western world, but no one could imagine what it would become.

"There were all kinds of predictions and expectations about how it might grow, but not very many people I knew had expected that it would grow the way that it did," says Charles Ridgway, veteran Disney publicist. "I knew that there were great expectations, but when we started out, they were relatively limited expectations."

Back then, just two of the current 25 Walt Disney World themed resort hotels opened- the Contemporary and Polynesian. Not until the 1980s, when two more theme parks, a water park, a nighttime entertainment complex and multiple Disney hotels rose across the landscape, did Walt Disney World establish itself as a multi-faceted, world-class vacation destination.

Making Disney Dreams Come True

In the 40 years since guests first strolled down Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney World Resort has blazed brave new entertainment trails based on its founder's fertile imagination and his vision that the resort would always be evolving.

"Here in Florida, we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland . . . the blessing of size," Walt Disney said after the "Florida Project" was announced in 1965. "There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine."

In 1982, Epcot opened as a theme park celebrating innovation and discovery rather than as the "city of tomorrow" Walt initially had envisioned. In 1989, Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) brought Tinseltown magic to Central Florida to showcase movies, television and animated treasures from the Disney collection. In 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom first welcomed guests to explore a world of exotic, extinct and imaginary animals. The park is a fitting tribute to Walt Disney, who once lived on a farm and whose love for creatures great and small shone in his Academy Award-winning film series Tru-Life Adventures.

As each new park took root and thrived, the Magic Kingdom churned out a blizzard of pixie dust, adding thrills like the iconic Space Mountain, high-tech interactive rides like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and immersive experiences like Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. A late 20th century wave of Walt Disney Studios animated film classics inspired a treasure trove of additional Disney attractions. Beloved characters like Ariel, Simba and Nemo found homes at "Voyage of the Little Mermaid,", "Festival of the Lion King," and "The Seas with Nemo & Friends."

Even in the midst of those mega-park expansions, Walt Disney Imagineers - the creative designers, architects and engineers behind each new attraction - dreamed up new water adventure parks, resort hotels, Disney Vacation Club properties, a wedding pavilion, more championship golf courses and multiple dining, sports, shopping and nighttime entertainment venues. In 1998, Disney Cruise Line would extend the Walt Disney World entertainment experience to the high seas.

Ever since the Magic Kingdom opened, celebrities from across the planet have visited. Presidents and princesses, rock stars and movie stars have been photographed at Walt Disney World. A long lineup of Super Bowl heroes like Phil Simms, Hines Ward and Emmitt Smith hopped on planes to be Magic Kingdom grand marshals after appearing in post-game "I'm Going to Disney World!" television commercials. Musicians, dancers and other talents have performed at events ranging from the yearly holiday Candlelight Processional to springtime Flower Power concerts.

Could Walt Disney have imagined the outcome when he first snapped up more than 27,000 Central Florida acres for his new themed world? Maybe. Maybe not. But he knew the potential was there when he said: "Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams that appeals to all age groups." Surely he couldn't help but be delighted to know that 60,000 well-trained cast members keep Walt Disney World Resort humming 365 days a year to welcome "kids" of all generations from around the world.

Entertainment Innovation in Action

As entertainment technology became more cutting edge, the ideas and plans of Disney's dream makers took shape in the form of innovative thrill rides and attractions. Engineers programmed the 13-story "haunted" Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios so that new thrills could be added to the storyline and the runaway elevator's drop sequence could be changed. Soarin,' at Epcot, combines an IMAX high-definition projection system with a realistic motion-based ride system to take thrill seekers young and old on an exhilarating journey across the skies of California.

Imagineers collaborated with Pixar to break new ground at Turtle Talk with Crush in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion in Epcot. Using computer graphics, digital puppetry and image projection with live improvisational banter, the attraction features a wildly popular real-time conversation between the surfer-dude turtle, Crush, from the film, "Finding Nemo," and children in the audience. No two shows are alike.

In the spring, a new 3-D version of the long-popular Star Tours attraction based on the iconic Lucasfilm "Star Wars" films debuted with immersive new twists and more than 50 different ride experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

"The things that we do as Walt Disney Imagineers are extremely complex, yet our goal is to make them look like magic to our guests," says Bruce Vaughn, WDI Chief Creative Executive. "It's a real mix of innovation and new technology blending creative imagination with technical knowhow."

Magical New Horizons

In keeping with Walt Disney's vision of an always-changing Florida entertainment kingdom, a lineup of openings is scheduled in the years ahead. In 2012, Disney's Art of Animation Resort opens and another new ship joins the Disney Cruise Line fleet. In coming years, Downtown Disney will transform into a waterfront district with a modern twist on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. The vibrant district will expand dining options by 25 percent and invite guests to explore stylish new boutiques and a lakeside park. A new shopping, dining and lodging district is slated to rise just outside Disney's western gateway, and a 900-acre luxury resort by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is on the drawing board along with an 18-hole championship golf course as well as single- and multi-family homes and vacation homes.

And one of the most anticipated projects is taking shape right now as construction progresses on the largest Magic Kingdom expansion in history. The park's Fantasyland will double in size, with initial phases beginning to open in 2012 featuring attractions based on blockbuster Disney films like "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Dumbo." When The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster opens and princesses like Aurora and Cinderella hold court at Princess Fairytale Hall, the Disney storytelling legacy will have a compelling new showcase, says Phil Holmes, vice president of Magic Kingdom park and 40-year Disney theme park veteran.

"As an opening day cast member, I'm excited to see Fantasyland further transformed into Walt Disney's original vision of a place where fairy tales come true," says Holmes, whose first park role was as a Haunted Mansion greeter. "By showcasing modern-day classics like 'Beauty and the Beast' alongside Walt's first animated feature, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' our cast members will bring these stories to life in a way like never before, creating even more wonderful memories for our guests."

Millions of Smiles Later, Walt Disney World Marks its 40th Anniversary, Primed for an Exciting Future

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2011) - Anchored by the Mouse "who started it all," Walt Disney World Resort marked its 40th anniversary Saturday with a gala procession fronted by characters parading up Main Street, U.S.A. to a colorful celebration in front of Cinderella Castle.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and all their pals waved to cheering crowds. Onstage, they were joined by Disney executives, singers and 40-year cast members in a colorful celebration.

It was 40 years ago - Oct. 1, 1971 - when Walt Disney World officially opened, rising from the marshy landscape southwest of Orlando, Florida. The much ballyhooed "Florida project" was the dream of visionary Walt Disney.

"We've grown by leaps and bounds since then," Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton told guests assembled in front of the Castle Saturday. "But the fact remains that this place, as it appeared on October 1, 1971 was the last great vision of one of the world's greatest dreamers."
The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet, led park guests in a chorus of "When You Wish Upon a Star" and daytime fireworks and streamers shot into bright blue skies. A special edition of the "Wishes" nighttime spectacular was planned for after sundown.

Though he never lived to see opening day, Walt Disney's legacy of family entertainment lives on - millions of smiles later - in four theme parks (including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks, more than two dozen resort hotels, the Downtown Disney retail-dining-entertainment complex, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and other venues.

In 2012, Disney World will open a family suites value resort, as well as the first in a series of attractions that will double the size of Fantasyland - the largest-ever expansion of the Magic Kingdom.

October 3, 2011

New Video of Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this time-lapse video that shows the amazing progress that's been made so far on the expansion. More importantly, this clip gives you an idea at exactly how large the expansion will be. I know I've said it before, but it's the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history!

Just for your reference, the left side of the construction represents the future area of Be Our Guest Restaurant, Maurice's Cottage, and Gaston's Tavern. The large building on the right side will house The Little Mermaid. (Storybook Circus, which is not included in the frame, will begin at the far right of this attraction).

The attractions and other guest offerings in New Fantasyland will open in phases beginning in late 2012.

Information and video from the Disney Parks Blog.

October 7, 2011

Chimpanzees Receive Emergency Support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

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The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is responding immediately to needs of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance to protect endangered chimpanzees in Africa.

The Jane Goodall Institute was awarded $5,000 for veterinary supplies to vaccinate chimpanzees and staff against a dangerous measles outbreak at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chimpanzees are highly susceptible to human diseases, and the high cost of vaccines for 146 chimpanzees and 60 staff members jeopardized the team's ability to cope with future medical emergencies.

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) was also awarded $3,000 to assist in the relocation of four orphaned chimpanzees confiscated from smugglers in Sudan. The chimpanzees, Cocoa, Minni, Sarah, and Medina, are all orphans of bushmeat trade and are believed to have been smuggled from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are too young to be able to care for themselves but Minni and the others are adjusting well to their new sanctuary home in Uganda. DWCF helped cover the cost of air travel to relocate the chimpanzees from Sudan to Uganda.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Rapid Response Fund provides emergency funding to wildlife and wild places in the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and disease outbreaks. Since the beginning of 2011, DWCF has contributed more than $40,000 to emergency relief efforts worldwide including repairing an educational walkway damaged in a storm in Zimbabwe to allow for continued youth conservation education efforts, and supporting the needs of the International Primatological Society and Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums following the devastating earthquake in Japan. The funding for these emergency grants has been provided through a partnership with Disney's Friends for Change and iTunes, thanks to several anthems created by stars from the Disney Channel. Coinciding with the premiere of the most recent song by Bridgit Mendler, "We can Change the World," Disney contributed $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to help the planet when it needs it most.

Orlando Food & Wine Weekends’ to Bring Culinary Focus to Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Luxury Resort Announces October Programming to Complement Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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ORLANDO, Fl. - Culinary fans, wine enthusiasts, and foodies will find a delicious "home base" at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, as the new luxury resort hotel hosts Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, Sept. 30 - Oct. 30, 2011.

For five weekends, the resort will feature special programming and events aimed to complement and "fill the gaps" around the wildly popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, held at the nearby Disney theme park.

"For the past 15 years, Disney has done an amazing job of building their Food & Wine Festival at Epcot," said Peter Kacheris, managing director of Waldorf Astoria Orlando. "As the festival has grown, so has the public's appetite for additional culinary-focused experiences. We've created our Orlando Food & Wine Weekends to highlight our own culinary team while we complement the Epcot festival."

Orlando Food & Wine Weekends events will be held at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which is conveniently located less than one mile from Epcot, and accessible inside the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Event highlights include:

"Grand Pairings" Wine Dinners - These exclusive events are scheduled Friday evenings at Bull & Bear restaurant. Diners will enjoy an extravagant prix-fixe meal paired with wines from select wineries. Wine representatives will be on hand to discuss these special pairings. 7pm, $200 per person (tax and gratuity included) Reservations: 407-597-5409.

o Friday Sept. 30 - featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars .

Presenter will be Lori Barranon from St. Michelle Wine Estates.

o Friday Oct. 7 - featuring Robert Mondavi Winery.

Presenter will be Teresa Romi from Constellation Winery.

o Friday Oct. 14 - featuring Ferrari Carano Winery.

Presenter will be Jim Boswell of Ferrari Carano Winery.

Bull & Bear Prix-Fixe Chef's Tasting Menu - Join us at Bull & Bear as Chef David Sears offers an extraordinary prix-fixe menu featuring superb food and wine pairings. Reservations: 407-597-5409.

o Saturday Oct. 1 - featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

o Saturday Oct. 8 - featuring Robert Mondavi Winery

o Saturday Oct. 15 - featuring Ferrari Carano Winery

o Saturday Oct. 22 - featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

o Friday Oct. 28 - winery TBA

o Saturday Oct. 29 - winery TBA

Trick or Treating for Adults - An event destined for your Facebook photo gallery! Purchase a passport to enjoy a featured drink during your stay at each of six lounge venues:
Bull & Bear lounge, Aquamarine pool bar, Peacock Alley lounge, Sir Harry's lounge, La Luce lounge, and Sena lounge. Talk about a treat - and no costume is required! ($50 per couple)

Ashton Cigars "Grand Pairings" Wine & Cigar Dinner - Featuring Ashton Cigars, Stag's Leap Cellars wine, and The Glenlivet Scotch. The third course will include bull and bear - a "briquette" of aged striploin with truffle ashes, and "pressed" black bear braised in Syrah Jus. Lori Barranon will present on behalf of Stag's Leap Cellars, and Liz Hannah from The Glenlivet Scotch. Reservations: 407-597-5409.

o Friday Oct. 21 6:30pm, $150 per person (tax and gratuity included)

Up Late at Sir Harry's - A Food & Wine Culinary After-Glow -- Why go to bed early? We're creating a fun experience for foodies to hang out AFTER the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is over for the evening, and we're inviting the entire culinary community to join us! Sir Harry's Lounge becomes the "place to be" for culinary fans and foodies, as you sit back, relax and enjoy the live music and camaraderie. Also, guests can participate in sampling, and enjoy an assortment of gourmet small bites that showcase our culinary team. (Friday and Saturday nights - 10pm until 1am)

Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear - In the summer of 2010, we invited a group of food bloggers to indulge in a one-of-a-kind experience: a fine-dining "Steak and Eggs Breakfast" at Bull & Bear. The participants raved over this memorable meal as they tweeted mouth-watering photos to their fans. Almost immediately, our guests began to ask when we would be offering this opportunity again! So, for one month only, we bring back the spectacle that is known as "Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear," featuring Certified Angus Beef Prime. (Sunday mornings in October, from 10:30am until 1pm. Prix-fixe price is $49 per person, and includes a drink from the Bloody Mary Station.) Reservations: 407-597-5409.

Waldorf Astoria Chocolate Shop - Meet Waldorf Astoria's pastry chefs in this special venue created especially for Food & Wine Weekends, as they share tricks and tidbits during sugar-sweetened demos. Friday and Saturday evenings (5-7pm).

Friday Night Flights Wine Tasting Experience, scheduled Friday evenings at Sir Harry's (6-10pm, $25 per person)

o Friday Sept. 30 - featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

o Friday Oct. 7 - featuring Robert Mondavi Winery

o Friday Oct. 14 - featuring Ferrari Carano Winery

o Friday Oct. 21 - featuring Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

o Friday Oct. 28 - winery TBA

Live Entertainment. After dinner on Friday and Saturday, enjoy the Jazz-infused Joseph Jevanni, appearing live at Peacock Alley, 8:30 - 11:30pm. Also, the modern lounge vibes of HarvesTown are featured live 10pm-1am in Sir Harry's Lounge.

Astoria After Dark - nightly children's dining program at WA Kids Club, giving parents the opportunity to dine at our restaurants or attend our events.

A companion Orlando Food & Wine Weekends package includes:

• Deluxe guest room

• $25 gift card to use at the "sampling" booths in World Showcase, home to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (one per package and per family)

• Complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney® theme parks)

• 2pm late check-out on Sunday afternoon

• 10 percent discount for the "Grand Pairings" Wine Dinners at Bull & Bear, excluding Ashton Cigar Dinner.

• In addition, an opportunity to participate in special events and experiences**

For more information or reservations on this Waldorf Astoria Orlando weekend package, please visit www.waldorfastoriafoodwineweekends.com, or call 888-353-2009 and reference FDWNFS. For additional schedule updates, visit www.bonnetcreekblog.com.


**See calendar of events for complete details. For the ultimate in flexibility, these experiences are priced a la carte. Advance or day-of sign ups may be necessary, please see Concierge for further information.



October 8, 2011

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors Extends Contract to 2016 for Robert A. Iger as Part of Succession Plan

Chairman John E. Pepper Jr. to Retire from Board at 2012 Shareholder Meeting

Iger to Be Named Chairman in Addition to CEO upon Pepper's Retirement

Iger to Transition from CEO to Executive Chairman in 2015 to Ensure Strategic Continuity and Seamless Succession

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors announced today it has agreed to extend Robert A. Iger's contract through June 2016 as part of the Company's ongoing succession planning.

Under the new agreement, effective Oct. 1, Iger will assume the role of chairman in addition to chief executive officer following Chairman John E. Pepper's retirement from the board at Disney's 2012 annual shareholder meeting in March. Until then, Iger will remain president and chief executive officer.

Iger will hold the positions of chairman and chief executive officer through March 31, 2015, at which time a new CEO would be named; Iger will thereafter serve as executive chairman for 15 months through June 30, 2016. Iger's current contract was set to expire on Jan. 31, 2013.

The Disney board took action at this time to secure the benefit of Iger's leadership through 2016, provide for an effective, seamless succession and management transition and a continuity of the company's corporate strategy to create long-term value for shareholders.

As provided in the company's corporate governance guidelines, the board will also select an independent lead director when Iger assumes the role of Chair immediately following the meeting in March.

"As one of the most iconic brands and preeminent companies in the world, The Walt Disney Company requires a leader with the proven ability to drive creative and financial success in a dynamic world. For more than six years, Bob Iger has proven he has that ability at the highest level," said Mr. Pepper. "The Board is delighted that the company has been able to secure the longer-term continuation of Bob's unique blend of experience and leadership skills. His ability to bring together the many parts of Disney's business against a clear and proven strategy, while instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and discipline, will continue to serve the long-term interests of shareholders."

Pepper added: "It is for these reasons - continuing the strategic direction and growth of the company while ensuring a smooth transition process to the next generation of leadership - the Board has determined that Bob should assume the additional role of Chairman."

Iger said: "No CEO could have a better counselor than John -- his impeccable integrity, vast experience, and knowledge and appreciation of Disney have been invaluable. I want to thank him for his many contributions, and his support of our people and our strategy including two of the company's most significant acquisitions in recent years - Pixar and Marvel."

"I'm privileged and grateful to lead The Walt Disney Company and our talented, dedicated team at this exciting time," Iger added. "I'm committed to increasing long-term value for shareholders and am confident we will continue to do so through the successful execution of our core strategic priorities: the creation of high quality, branded content and experiences, the use of technology, and creating growth in numerous and exciting international markets."

Since being named president and chief executive on September 30th, 2005, Iger, 60, has led the Company to record operating results while positioning Disney for the future in the global, dynamic multi-media industry. Disney's total shareholder return since October 1, 2005 is five times higher than that of the S&P 500.

During Iger's leadership tenure, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (2009, 2010, 2011); one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's (2009, 2010); and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010).

As part of the agreement, Iger's annual base salary will be $2.5 million. Iger is not receiving any up front equity award in connection with signing the new agreement. His annual bonus award will be calculated based on the Company's performance, including its operating income, return on invested capital, earnings per share and after-tax free cash flow. He will also be entitled to an annual long-term equity incentive award of options and restricted stock units, the ultimate value of which will be entirely dependent on the Company's future financial performance.

For further details, please see the Report on Form 8-K now available on Disney's corporate website, (www.disney.com/investors).

Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of the Company's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update these statements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investment or asset acquisitions or dispositions) as well as from developments beyond the Company's control. Additional factors are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 2, 2010 under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," and subsequent reports.

October 11, 2011

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Reveals New Details on Jobs, Opening Dates and Icons

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2011 - The first wing of the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort will open to Guests on May 31, 2012, as construction on the 25th resort hotel at Walt Disney World continues on schedule.

In size and scope, the construction of Disney's Art of Animation Resort is a major project at Walt Disney World Resort and has created up to 800 construction jobs. Once open in 2012, Disney's Art of Animation Resort will also create 750 ongoing resort hotel jobs.

At a media gathering today, Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney World Resort Operations released images of new icons arriving at the resort this fall and shared some of the details Guests will see when Disney's Art of Animation opens next year. For example, Guests exploring The Lion King courtyard will see characters from the film, such as the hyenas and the evil Scar, through the eyes of Simba and in the same size and scale as the young cub would experience them.

"Here at Disney, we are in the Guest experience business," said Kevin Myers, vice president of resort operations for Walt Disney World Resort. "When we develop a new resort hotel, we draw on Guest feedback about our parks, entertainment, special events and every aspect of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to provide a resort hotel experience that only Disney can deliver."

Examples of enhancements based on Guest feedback will be evident at Disney's Art of Animation Resort in the food-and-beverage and recreation offerings. The dining area will feature items such as fresh smoothies, hand-scooped gelato and Mongolian barbecue. The resort also will feature the largest swimming pool outside of Disney's water parks, as well as an extensive children's water play area at the larger-than-life icons for the Finding Nemo wings of the resort.

Located adjacent to Disney's Pop Century Resort, the new resort will include 1,120 family suites in The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo wings, and 864 themed rooms in The Little Mermaid wings. Suites will feature both a living room and bedroom, offering added space for families.

The family suites and rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort will fit into the "value" category of lodging, with nightly rates similar to Disney's All-Star Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort.

The phased opening of the resort will begin when the Finding Nemo wing opens May 31, 2012. Next, the Cars wing of the resort will open near the end of July. The Lion King suites will open a short time later in September, and The Little Mermaid value rooms will open by the end of next year.

Some fun facts about Disney's Art of Animation Resort -

• With an area of 11,859 square feet, the feature pool at the Finding Nemo wing of the resort will be the largest swimming pool at Walt Disney World Resort outside of the water parks.

• The new resort hotel will feature 9,400 doors, which if stacked flat would be taller than the Empire State Building.

• The 227,000 lineal feet of carpet being used on the project would be enough carpet to stretch from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.

October 12, 2011

Disney Fantasy vs Disney Dream

Frank de Heer, VP of New Ship Development for Disney Cruise Line, and Philip Gennotte at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, share their thoughts during construction of the new ship, the Disney Fantasy.


October 13, 2011

The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO

THE ORCHESTRA STARRING FORMER MEMBERS OF ELO: One of three new Eat to the Beat concert acts appearing at the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, The Orchestra starring former members of ELO take the stage Oct. 20-21 with top hits like "Don't Bring Me Down."

October 14, 2011

New Water Feature to Help Guests Cool Off Aboard the Disney Fantasy

Today I have more brand-new Disney Fantasy features to tell you about that are simply splashtacular!

AquaLab, a new addition to deck 12, is a fanciful wet play area filled with pop jets, geysers and bubblers - designed to drench the entire family.

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As the story goes, AquaLab was created by Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. But now they're away - leaving young cruise guests to operate AquaLab and keep AquaDuck running! By turning wheels and moving levers at three wacky aqua stations, guests "control" the speed and temperature of AquaDuck. At a leaky wall, kids cover holes in squirting and spurting pipes with their hands. In another area, water leaks and sprays from the Ducky Dinghy, suspended overhead.

Also new to deck 12 is another area for families to cool off - a wading pool with a fountain. This area has ample seating and lounge chairs under a canopy, offering a respite in the shade.


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And, there's even a brand-new water feature exclusively for adults. Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain, provides cool comfort on deck 13 forward.

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Read more about the Disney Fantasy!

October 17, 2011

World’s Top Two Golfers, Donald and Simpson, to Battle for PGA TOUR Money Title at 41st Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney

128-player field to also feature Justin Rose, Retief Goosen, Charles Howell III, Jonathan Byrd and Gary Woodland, along with returning champion Robert Garrigus

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2011) - One pro golfer's dream of being the top player in the world will come true at the 41st Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Walt Disney World Resort Oct. 20-23, as Luke Donald and Webb Simpson take to the Palm and Magnolia Courses to settle the top spot on the PGA TOUR's annual money list.

The No. 1 World Ranked Donald is playing for a chance to make history, trying to become the first player to win the money list on the PGA TOUR and European Tour. For the first time since 2003, the PGA TOUR money title is coming down to the final event, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Positioned first and second on the money list, Donald and Simpson are joined in the hunt for the $4.7 million tournament purse by 2011 PGA TOUR event winners Justin Rose (BMW Championship), Michael Bradley (Puerto Rico Open), Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Scott Piercy (Reno-Tahoe Open), Scott Stallings (The Greenbrier Classic), Johnson Wagner (Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun) and D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).


Adding to the season finale excitement, Bill Lunde currently leads the battle for the $1 million winner-takes-all Kodak Challenge by two strokes over Cameron Tringale and Josh Teater, who birdied the par-4 on the Seaside Course in the McGladrey Classic to pull into a tie for second. Several other players are fighting to finish the year among the TOUR's Top 125 money list.

This year's field includes defending champion Robert Garrigus and six other former Disney Classic champions (Davis Love III, Stephen Ames, Joe Durant, Jeff Maggert, Ryan Palmer and David Duval), eleven past major winners (Duval, Rich Beem, Steve Elkington, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis, Goosen, Shaun Micheel, Leonard, Love and Immelman), and ten players who have earned more than $2 million on tour this year (Simpson, Donald, Rose, Byrd, Charles Howell III, Spencer Levin, John Senden, Gary Woodland, Tommy Gainey and Points).

Beem received the fourth and final sponsor exemption. He has three PGA TOUR wins including the Kemper Open (1999), The International (2002) and a major championship win at the PGA Championship (2002) in which he beat out Tiger Woods by one stroke. Beem, who returns to Disney for the 11th time, is joining previously announced sponsor-exempt Rod Pampling, Tom Lehman and Joe Ogilvie. The complete field can be found at pgatour.com.

The two-day pro-am field, which will compete Thursday and Friday of tournament week on both the Palm and Magnolia courses, is set to be headlined by Head Coach of the Boston Celtics Doc Rivers, former Super Bowl star Jerome "The Bus" Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), ex-NBA player Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Celtics' sharp-shooter Ray Allen, Tampa Bay Rays star Johnny Damon, future NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Bucs) and popular MLB player Brian Wilson (SF Giants).

This year's "Miracle Story" Ashtyn Brown will also compete in the pro-am. Brown, who was treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals years ago, is now a scholarship golfer at Ball State University. Other notable pro-am entries include Super Bowl XXIX Champion William Floyd, Steve Young (ex-49ers QB), James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays), David Price (Tampa Bay Rays) and Carlos Pena (Chicago Cubs).

The winner of this year's Classic will join an impressive group of former champions, including golf legends Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Raymond Floyd.

Tournament rounds on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 will begin at 7:50 a.m. on both the Magnolia and Palm courses. At the conclusion of the second round, the field will be cut to the low 70 scores for the weekend rounds on the Magnolia course. All four rounds will be televised live on The Golf Channel from 2-5 p.m. ET, but fans in attendance can also experience the Wine & Dine Walk - offering culinary pairings of tapas-sized appetizers, entrees, desserts and wines from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Tickets for individual rounds ($10), week-long badges ($20) and a new one-day Wine & Dine ticket ($30) are available at www.ChildrensMiracleNetworkClassic.com or through www.ticketmaster.com. All net proceeds from the tournament go to Children's Miracle Network hospitals, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, and Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville.

Follow @DisneySports on Twitter for #CMNHclassic news and updates throughout tournament week.

October 18, 2011

Disney Cruise Line Releases 2013 Itineraries for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Line has just released their 2013 itineraries for the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy:

Disney Dream

2012-2013 itineraries & sail dates*: Bahamian cruises

3-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3,
5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8,
11/15, 11/18*, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/16*

*11/18, 12/16 = Sunday departure

2013 Sail Dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14,
3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13,
6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12,
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/24*
12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26

*11/24 = Sunday departure

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL

Friday Nassau

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

4-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/9*, 3/18**,
4/1, 4/15**, 4/22**, 4/29, 5/6**, 5/13, 5/20**, 9/2, 9/9**, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30,
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9

*3/9 = Friday departure

**3/18,4/15, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 9/9 = day at sea before Disney's Castaway Cay

2013 Sail Dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10,
3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9,
6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8,
9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1,
12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

Monday Nassau

Tuesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Wednesday At Sea

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL


2012 Sail Dates: 6/6, 6/20, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 8/29, 11/21, 12/19*

*12/19 = day at sea before Nassau


2013 Sail Dates: 1/2*, 11/27*

*1/2, 11/27 = day at sea before Nassau

Wednesday Port Canaveral, FL

Thursday Nassau

Friday At Sea

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

5-Night Bahamian Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 3/4*, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 12/23**

*3/4 = Nassau before Disney's Castaway Cay

**12/23 = Wednesday: Disney's Castaway Cay, Thursday: At Sea

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

Monday Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Nassau

Wednesday At Sea

Thursday Disney's Castaway Cay

Friday Port Canaveral, FL


2012 Sail Dates: 1/3, 3/13*, 3/27, 4/10

*3/13 = Nassau before Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Port Canaveral, FL

Wednesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Thursday Nassau

Friday At Sea

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Port Canaveral, FL

2012 Sail Dates: 3/22, 4/5*
*4/5 = Friday: At Sea, Sunday: Nassau

Thursday Port Canaveral, FL

Friday Nassau

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday At Sea

Monday Disney's Castaway Cay

Tuesday Port Canaveral, FL

2012 Sail Dates: 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 12/28*

*12/28 = Monday: Disney's Castaway Cay, Tuesday: At Sea

Friday Port Canaveral, FL

Saturday Disney's Castaway Cay

Sunday Nassau

Monday At Sea

Tuesday Disney's Castaway Cay

Wednesday Port Canaveral, FL

Disney Fantasy

2012-2013 itineraries & sail dates*: Caribbean cruises

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 3/31*, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, 7/21,

8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/22

*3/31 = Maiden Voyage: Cozumel before Costa Maya

2013 Sail Dates: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11,
5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26,
11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/21

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday Grand Cayman

Tuesday Costa Maya, Mexico

Wednesday Cozumel, Mexico

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8,
9/22, 10/6, 10/20

2013 Sail Dates: 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21,
10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday At Sea

Tuesday St. Maarten

Wednesday St. Thomas with excursions to St. John

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

2012 Sail Dates: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 12/29

2013 Sail Dates: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

Sunday At Sea

Monday At Sea

Tuesday St. Thomas with excursions to St. John

Wednesday San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thursday At Sea

Friday Disney's Castaway Cay

Saturday Port Canaveral, FL

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Named ‘Business of the Year’ at SPORTYS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Central Florida Sports Commission recognized ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort as "Business of the Year" last month at the inaugural Central Florida SPORTYS Awards. The event honored deserving local athletes, coaches, employees and businesses, ranging from amateur to professional, throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties.

SPORTYS award winners are selected by a blue ribbon panel of Central Florida media representatives through two rounds of voting. Other finalists for "Business of the Year" included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Bright House Sports Network. Mike Millay, director of sports programs and events at Walt Disney World Resort, accepted the award for ESPN Wide World of Sports.

"It is an honor to be recognized amongst all of the great sports businesses in Central Florida," Mike said. "I accept this award on behalf of the 250-plus Cast Members that work hard to create magical sports moments for our athletes, as well as our key partners like the AAU, USSSA and Pop Warner who have made Central Florida the home to so many great events."

Three Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductees were also honored including: 13-year NBA player and current NBA coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers, long-time CEO of Florida Citrus Sports Chuck Rohe and five-time NFL Pro Bowler Ricky Watters.

October 24, 2011

Boyz II Men - Eat to the Beat Concerts

Eat to the Beat concert series features Boyz II Men on October 24-26, 2011.

The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.


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Annika Sorenstam Tees Up Students for Success at Future Leaders Forum

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 20, 2011 - Fifty high-school students from The First Tee are getting their head in the game today at the fifth annual Future Leaders Forum sponsored by The Toro Company and Walt Disney World Resort. The three-day event is designed to help students broaden leadership skills, prepare for college, and explore career disciplines within the golf industry.

Learning how lessons from the game of golf have real-life applications, participants are gaining insights from World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and other industry leaders. Sorenstam, also the spokesperson for The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, is leading participants in an interactive session highlighting the importance of incorporating healthy choices into all areas of their lives. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits is a collaborative effort among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people.

"The First Tee is proud to have Annika as a part of this year's event," said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. "These participants will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network and learn from some of the most talented professionals in golf and business, thanks to the generosity of The Toro Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Together we are helping create the next generation of leaders."

Selected students will also participate in "Disney's Leadership Excellence: The Inside Track" that teaches the leadership strategies, techniques and behaviors of successful Walt Disney World leaders. Additionally, the Forum connects students with industry experts to learn about careers in tournament operations, golf course management, broadcast media, marketing and hospitality. The program includes presentations from Disney Institute, Toro, PGA of America, The Golf Channel, Marriott Golf and The Children's Miracle Network, along with a behind-the-scenes look at a PGA Tour tournament.

"With Toro's strong commitment to growing the game, this program has connected young leaders with professionals in the industry to better understand the business of golf and the role they play in ensuring the game's future success," said Mike Hoffman, chairman and CEO of The Toro Company. "This year's class of participants are developing leaders in their communities, and we are excited to collaborate with The First Tee and Walt Disney World in this unique learning experience."

The application process included an essay on goals, career aspirations and post-high school plans; community and chapter involvement; and a letter of recommendation from school faculty and The First Tee Chapter Executive Director.

Since 1998, The Toro Company has been a premier corporate partner and preferred supplier of golf course maintenance and irrigation equipment for The First Tee. Toro is also the official provider of turf and irrigation equipment for Walt Disney World Resort.

For more information, visit www.futureleadersforum.com.

October 26, 2011

Gin Blossoms - Eat to the Beat Concerts

GIN BLOSSOMS: One of three new Eat to the Beat concert acts appearing at the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Gin Blossoms are set to rock audiences Oct. 27-28 with top hits like "Hey Jealousy."

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October 27, 2011

Benefit Sale returns to Downtown Disney to raise funds for United Way

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Early-bird shoppers will have a fabulous opportunity Nov. 5 to support Heart of Florida United Way and enjoy discounts on most merchandise at participating Downtown Disney Marketplace stores.

Shoppers can purchase a $5 voucher that will serve as their ticket to The Benefit Sale. All proceeds from the voucher sales will go to HFUW and the many health and human service programs it supports throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

"For the second year in a row, Walt Disney World is teaming up with United Way to present The Benefit Sale, which is a terrific opportunity to shop early, save big and give back," said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, HFUW President/CEO. "This event provides critical support for United Way; funds raised will help us support 108 local nonprofit programs that in turn help Central Floridians in their times of greatest need."

Shoppers can enjoy great discounts of 25 percent off select merchandise at World of Disney, Tren-D, Team Mickey, Disney Days of Christmas, Once Upon A Toy, Disney Pin Traders and Mickey's Pantry.

From 5:30-9:30 a.m., only shoppers with vouchers will receive wristbands to gain access to The Benefit Sale. Wristbands will be required for admission to the Downtown Disney shops during the hours of The Benefit Sale.

For details about special offers and to purchase sale vouchers or for more information about Heart of Florida United Way, visit www.hfuw.org or www.thebenefitsale.com.

October 28, 2011

Disney Animal Programs Gives "Creatures of the Night" Special Treats for Halloween

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (Oct. 28, 2011) - As Halloween approaches, several creatures of the night are getting a series of treats from a team of medical experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Around this time each year, veterinary care specialists conduct annual wellness checks on a roost of endangered bats as part of Disney's commitment to excellent animal care.

The bats, known as Malayan flying foxes, receive complete physical examinations, including blood analysis, vaccination and dental cleaning in front of thousands of Guests who view the procedures from a large, on-stage window into a state-of-the art veterinary hospital. With a wingspan close to six feet, the Malayan flying fox is one of the largest bats in the world and can be seen on exhibit along the Maharajah Jungle Trek in the Asia section of the theme park.

"Guests are always fascinated with the amount of care provided to our animals," said veterinarian Dr. Mark Stetter, director of animal health for Disney's Animal Programs. "During this time of year, when there's an increased interest in bats, we have a perfect opportunity to dispel some of the myths about bats and explain the important role bats play in the eco-system."

Malayan flying foxes are mammals that eat and rest in trees and roost at dawn. As fruit-eating animals, bats assist in pollination and seed dispersal for a great variety of plants that are useful for lumber, food, medicine and other products. Bats are also helpful around the neighborhood where they eat mosquitoes and other bugs.

In addition to receiving annual exams, the male bats at Disney's Animal Kingdom voluntarily cooperate in their own medical care, making veterinary treatment much easier and safer. Through training, bats willingly allow themselves to be weighed, spread their wings for inspection, or open their mouths for dental evaluations. The intent is to help the animals become comfortable with husbandry practices that help monitor their well-being.

About Malayan Flying Fox

Flying foxes have long, sharp, curved claws on their toes, which allow them to hang effortlessly upside-down in trees. The skin between the fingers is smooth and strong while the rest of the bat's body is covered with soft fur. As the name suggests, the head resembles that of a small fox because of the small ears, long snout and large eyes.

Unlike most other warm-blooded animals, bats maintain a warm body temperature only when active. While sleeping during the day, their body temperature drops to the temperature of the air around them. In warmer temperatures, bats cool themselves by fanning their wings, licking their chest and wings, and by panting. When flying, legs work in unison with the wings, somewhat like swimming through the air.

Bat Facts:

Bats are the only mammals that fly. Other mammals may glide through the air, but bats flap their wings and fly.
The life span of a bat is about 20 years.
Females of a colony give birth during a specific season, although the peak varies geographically. Most births occur in May and June.
Gestation takes about 180 days, and usually a single pup of around 133 grams is born. Twins are rare.
The young nurse for two to three months. The mothers carry their young for the first few days; then, the bats are left in the roost tree while the mothers forage for food.
Sexual maturity is attained in 18-24 months.
For the first few days, the mothers carry their young while they forage for food. Soon, though, the young bats are left behind during these hunts for food.

October 30, 2011

The Pointer Sisters - Eat to the Beat concerts

THE POINTER SISTERS: One of three new Eat to the Beat concert acts appearing at the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, The Pointer Sisters take the stage Nov. 2-3 with crowd-pleasers like "He's So Shy."

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October 31, 2011

Special Halloween TREAT - Book today with Swan and Dolphin

As a special "treat" for Halloween fans, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is pleased to offer our guests a sale that's truly spooktacular! From 8am - 7pm EST on October 31, 2011, book your reservation and say "TRICK OR TREAT" to our bewitching reservations agent. As simple as that, you'll instantly receive a unique treat drawn at random that will be immediately applied towards your reservation!

This deluxe Disney resort is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, within walking distance to Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood StudiosTM. Guests of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin receive special Disney benefits including the Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks, complimentary Disney transportation throughout Walt Disney World®, on-site character dining, Disney ticket desks and advance tee times on Disney championship golf courses.

Treats include, but are not limited to:
• Two nights free room accommodations (incl. taxes and resort service fee)
• $100 food & beverage credit
• In-room "Personal Pantry" stocked with 6 mixed sodas, 6 waters, 4 juices, 4 bags chips, 4 box cookies, 4 granola bars
• One day, one park Disney ticket
• Refillable Swan and Dolphin drink cup
• Complimentary pool raft rental
• "Poolside Piñas" for two at Cabana Bar and Beach Club
• Two sushi rolls of your choice at Kimonos
• AMC movie passes for two
• Two kids eat free at Garden Grove Character Dinner
• Additional 10% off room rate
• Chocolate box at check-in made by two-time world pastry chef, Laurent Branlard
• Two Zooberry cocktails in bluezoo lounge
• Two glasses of house wine in Il Mulino New York Trattoria
• Ice cream cone or milkshake at the fountain for two
• Complimentary breakfast credit for two
• Milk & cookie turndown amenity
• 1/2 hour Swan paddle boat rental voucher
• Complimentary one-category room upgrade

Mark your calendars; this sale goes back in the grave at 7pm EST sharp on October 31, 2011 and rooms will go quickly!

Offer is valid for stays November 1 - December 23, 2011. One-night/non-refundable deposit required at time of booking. Additional terms and conditions apply.

You must call (888) 828-8850 on October 31, 2011 to make your reservation and don't forget to say TRICK OR TREAT!
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