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November 1, 2011

Festival of Masters Welcomes Artist Graham Knuttel

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The works of Irish artist Graham Knuttel have found homes among Hollywood royalty like Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert DeNiro. On Nov. 11, 2011, one of the renowned artist's works will find a home at Walt Disney World Resort.

His latest commission - a painting for Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Downtown Disney - will be unveiled during the opening day of Festival of the Masters, one of the Southeast's most highly regarded juried art festivals since 1975. While the painting will be on permanent display at the pub, Knuttel will exhibit a collection of many new pieces at the Nov. 11-13 festival and will appear at Raglan Road "Meet the Artist" events Nov. 12 at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Known for his bold, bright canvases of stylized figures, Knuttel's Raglan Road painting is based on a poem, "On Raglan Road," written in 1946 by lovesick poet Patrick Kavanagh and recorded in song by Ireland's greatest folk musician, Luke Kelly. The pub scene in the painting pops with more than two dozen unconventional Knuttel figures that include Kavanagh, Kelly, Irish rockers Bono and The Edge and writers James Joyce and Brendan Behan. Looking closely, admirers may discover a photo of a child wearing mouse ears.

Nearly 150 award-winning artists who create paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photographs and more will show off their works at the festival. There's also live entertainment and family-friendly activities each day. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are complimentary. More information: disneyworld.com/artfestival.

Julie Andrews, Target and Disney Announce First Annual National Princess Week

Celebration will take place April 22-April 28, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World renowned actress, singer and best-selling children's author, Julie Andrews, in collaboration with Target and The Walt Disney Company, is announcing the creation and inaugural launch of National Princess Week beginning April 22, 2012.

This unprecedented collaboration highlights Julie Andrews' longtime dedication to nurturing every child's unique spirit, as demonstrated throughout her career on stage, screen and through her children's book endeavors. With the support of Target and Disney, National Princess Week will celebrate the sparkle and imagination of every princess - real, aspiring or imagined.

"So many children fall in love with the whimsical wonder of princesses and all the goodness that they represent," said Ms. Andrews. "Joining Target and Disney to host this annual event nationally will help us to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness that lies within every child."

The event coincides with the 10-year anniversary of "The Princess Diaries," starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, and the special two-movie collection of "The Princess Diaries" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" - available for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray. Target and Target.com will feature an array of Disney Princess merchandise highlighting beloved princess characters such as Ariel, Cinderella and Snow White - from apparel, toys and books, to CDs, movies, personal care items and stationery. The week will also highlight the newest release in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling "The Very Fairy Princess" children's book franchise, "The Very Fairy Princess Here Comes the Flower Girl!" co-authored by Julie's daughter and writing partner, Emma Walton Hamilton and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

"Julie Andrews is an icon for children who love the magic of fairy princesses," said Casey Carl, Target's senior vice president, hardlines. "Our first National Princess Week will give Target's guests a chance to have a 'princess experience,' and take home their favorite princesses and accessories."

Ms. Andrews will be honored with the Prince Rainier III Award for her outstanding contribution to motion picture, television and theater arts during the Princess Grace Awards Gala on November 1 in New York City. The award is presented to eminent artists who have not only been highly successful in their careers, but have made significant humanitarian contributions to their fields. All award recipients receive a $25,000 grant, which will be donated to select charitable organizations benefiting children.

"We are all excited about the existence of a royal tradition, and I hope that Princess Grace would have been pleased to know that there will be a week that celebrates the sparkle in each one of us - and the belief that dreams can come true," says Ms. Andrews.

November 2, 2011

UPDATED: Joyful Celebrations and Timeless Traditions Delight Guests at Walt Disney World Resort

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[UPDATED 10-31-11 to include information about The Magic, The Memories and You plus new dates for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios and new dates for Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom.]

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's the month before Christmas and throughout Mickey's house, the trees are all glowing, bringing smiles to The Mouse. Choirs are singing, bakers taking great care, sounds and smells of the season are filling the air"

At Walt Disney World Resort in 2011, it begins to look a lot like Christmas as early as Nov. 8. Santa's elves bedazzle every corner of the Vacation Kingdom for a seasonal spectacle filled with heartwarming stage productions, enchanting parades, garlands and wreaths, millions of sparkling lights and even the first flakes of winter.

And with a ho, ho, whole lot of cheer being spread over more than a month, guests have more choice as to when they join in the magical, one-of-a-kind celebration.

MAGIC KINGDOM
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - On 19 special nights, holiday revelers can delight during this cheery, family-friendly event. Party-goers embrace the joys of the season - sipping cocoa, catching a "snowflake" and enjoying merry shows, fireworks, carolers and special character meet and greets.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will take place Nov. 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30, Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18, 2011, from 7 p.m. until midnight. Day-of-event pricing is $62.95 and $57.95 for ages 3 to 9. Savings of $6 per ticket are available if tickets are purchased in advance. Visit Disneyworld.com/holidays.

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This after-hours party on select nights between Nov. 8 and Dec. 18, 2011, features a sleigh full of merriment:

• An enchanting Cinderella Castle adorned with Castle Dream Lights (through Jan.8)

• Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself

• An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza - Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

• Live entertainment featuring Disney characters

• Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with favorite Disney characters

• Complimentary cookies, apple slices and hot cocoa

• A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.

• Many popular Magic Kingdom attractions open for fun

• Complimentary family photo


Castle Dream Lights
- Each evening of the season, Cinderella Castle shimmers with lights brought to beaming brightness during a ceremonial show performed at dusk. Beginning Nov. 8 and continuing through Jan. 3, 2012, Cinderella and favorite Disney characters decked out in festive holiday garb take center stage and magically transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace draped with 200,000 ice cycle-white lights - a breathtaking focal point to a park ready for revelers with wreaths, bows, garland, towering Christmas trees and scarlet poinsettias dominating the landscape.

The Magic, The Memories and You! - The nightly light show on Cinderella Castle gets in "the spirit" throughout the holidays with a special segment that wraps the Magic Kingdom landmark in colorful bows and boughs, gift paper and ribbons, ornaments, candy stripes and multi-colored strands of lights " and gingerbread.

EPCOT
Candelight Processional - An inspirational retelling of the Christmas story accompanied by a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra punctuates the reason for the season during this time-honored Epcot tradition. Each evening Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2011, a celebrity narrator (from a lineup that includes Steven Curtis Chapman, Marlee Matlin and Neil Patrick Harris) takes to the America Gardens Theatre stage and shares the story of Christ's birth. Guests can sing along as the trumpeters and full orchestra offer a riveting performance featuring seasonal melodies. Shows are at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

To ensure a seat for this memorable performance, Candlelight Dinner packages are available at select Epcot restaurants. They include a special fireworks viewing area and guaranteed seating for Candlelight Processional. For bookings call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Holidays around the World
- Throughout World Showcase, international storytellers share traditions and tales from their homeland. Strolling along the promenade during the Holidays around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children's shoes with treats, or the jolly gift-bearer Father Christmas in the United Kingdom. There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the American Adventure, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill. The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are celebrated as well.

The evening is capped by "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," the mesmerizing Epcot spectacular on World Showcase lagoon featuring fireworks, laser lights and water choreographed to a musical soundtrack - with a holiday finale.

DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights - Entering the Hollywood Studios backlot, guests discover a virtual city of lights. On, over and among the cityscape buildings are millions of dazzling bulbs, dancing lights and animated displays synchronized to high-energy holiday tunes at Disney's Hollywood Studios Nov. 10-Jan. 7, 2012. The spectacle will not be operational Dec. 8.

It's truly a mega-watt spectacle for the eyes with colorful wreaths, twirling carousels, flying angels, Santa and his reindeer, swirling snow flurries, and amazing 3-D effects around every corner.

The tradition began in 1986 in Arkansas, at the home of businessman Jennings Osborne, who strung 1,000 lights as a Christmas gift to his daughter. After the exhibit grew larger and brighter each year, it was transported to Disney in 1995 where the light exhibit now mesmerizes guests from all over the world each year. The tradition continues after Jennings' death on July 27, 2011.


DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGD0M

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade - King Louie and Baloo lead a rousing musical cavalcade - safari style - through the park from Nov. 10 to Jan. 3, 2012, during Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. The wild side of Disney's Animal Kingdom blends with a playful spirit of the holidays as Chip & Dale, stilt walkers and savannah friends dance alongside decorative floats at 4 p.m. daily. The savory scent of chocolate floats thru the air as Minnie's candy cane and hot cocoa float roll by.

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Santa Goofy's Holiday Village at Camp Minnie-Mickey
has decked the halls big time with festive décor. A perfectly trimmed Christmas tree adorned with animal crafted ornaments welcomes guests at the park's entrance. Carolers spread holiday cheer and Santa Goofy and friends greet guests for photo opportunities.


DOWNTOWN DISNEY

With dozens of shops that stretch from the Marketplace to the West Side (and plenty of taste-bud-tempting treats!), Downtown Disney is a shopper's delight. There are one-of-a-kind boutiques such as TrenD, a sports shop at Team Mickey, plus enough toys, games, character merchandise, and costumes to fill Santa's sleigh at Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney. There's also Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Basin (soaps and bath products), LEGO Imagination Center and much more - including Disney's Days of Christmas where guests can choose Disney ornaments and decorations any season of the year.

School choirs and bands often perform at the dock stage to ring in the season. Kids can pose for pictures and sit with Santa Clause, Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, 2011.

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RESORT HOTELS
Disney resort hotels are dressed up for the holidays, offering an ideal home-away-from-home during the season. An intricate, life-size gingerbread house cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs is a must-see at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The yummy sugar shack is baked with 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 35 pounds of spices and more. It even has a chimney that puffs out delicious cinnamon smoke.

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A magnificent gingerbread carousel complete with chocolate and soft-candy ponies and oversized candy-cane poles takes center stage at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Other hotels are spruced up with wreaths and trees decorated with miles of garland, ribbon and glistening ornaments. Check each hotel for holiday dining offerings and special entertainment.

November 7, 2011

Disney Parks Blog Live Chat: Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty to Talk New Fantasyland Nov. 9

(excerpted from The Disney Parks Blog)

The Disney Parks Blog will partner with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring you a live chat with Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Chris is one of many Imagineers who have been tasked with taking favorite Disney films, such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid," and transforming them into immersive experiences that will thrill guests when New Fantasyland debuts late next year.

AllEars.Net had the opportunity to meet Chris and chat with him about the Fantasyland Expansion last month at the 40th Anniversary celebration in the Magic Kingdom. You can see the video HERE.

November 8, 2011

Disney.com Launches Season Two of the “Taste of Disney” Web Series

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The "Taste of Disney" web series on Disney.com offers guests the rare opportunity to explore the delectable culinary experiences found at Disney Parks and bring the magic into their homes. Mother and daughter hosts Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand are back for the second season, giving guests a behind-the-scenes look into the amazing food and special events of Disney Parks.

This season's episodes feature in-depth interviews with the head chefs and event planners from Disney Parks, sharing their secrets from the most magical dining spots in the country. Fans can look forward to:

· Finding out how 900,000 sumptuous samplings, 338,000 wine glasses and 100,000 desserts are made and distributed over the 45 days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

· Seeing how some of their favorite iconic foods like Disney's Polynesian Resort "Tonga Toast" and Main St. Confectionary's Mickey inspired candy apples are made

· An interview with the chef de cuisine of the Flying Fish Café about the restaurant and one of their most popular signature dishes

· A look at how Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa has inspired the all-new Hawaiian kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and tips for hosting an authentic luau at home

After watching each episode, guests will be able to access the recipes for all featured dishes and make them at home. Guests can also check out the "Meet the Chefs" page for in-depth information about the hosts, chefs and other guests from the series.

November 9, 2011

Sorcerers To Begin Invading Magic Kingdom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (Nov. 8, 2011) -Disney's legacy of innovation and creativity continues today as Cast Members have begun to test a new interactive experience called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

Featuring unprecedented interaction with animated characters, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom transforms Adventureland into an immersive game enabling fans to cast spells. In this role-playing, trading card game, players try to defeat the Disney Villains who are working to take over the Magic Kingdom. Armed with magic spells in the form of special cards, players must search for the magic symbols that lead them to the animated villains' hiding places.

By casting different magical spell cards, these Sorcerers can do battle with Yzma, Kronk and other ne'er do wells hiding throughout the land. From fireballs to frantic frogs and cyclones, there are spells to bring down each and every villain, with a simple flick of the wrist.

While still in its testing phase, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is expected to be available to Guests early next year. Playing the game will be included as part of park admission.

November 14, 2011

Petty Holdings Adds Exotic Driving Experience

The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway will be new home to "supercars"

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Combine some of the world's finest automobiles with a track specifically designed for drivers to safely experience their awe-inspiring acceleration, speed and handling and you have "Exotic Driving Experience", the latest offering from Petty Holdings.

Best known as owner and operator of Richard Petty Driving Experience, the worldwide leader in the stock car ride and drive business, Petty Holdings has applied its expertise in delivering safe, accessible, exciting automotive entertainment to develop an experience allowing anyone with a driver's license the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a "supercar" - a rarified class of automobile.

It will officially begin on January 16, 2012.

Exotic Driving Experience will feature supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche. Future plans include the addition of other exotic models, as well.

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"This exotics business is the most significant new offering from our company since the creation of Richard Petty Driving Experience in 1994" said Brian Flynn, Petty Holdings Chief Executive Officer. "This was a strategic decision intended to expand our customer base by diversifying our experiential offerings."

Plans call for Exotic Driving Experience to operate approximately 150 days annually on The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway, a new track configuration (see below) at the motorsports complex located on the grounds of the world-famous theme park.

Driving Experiences will start at $189 for six laps around the circuit. Thrill Rides with a professional driver at the wheel will be available for $99.

The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway®

Built in 1994, the one-mile oval at Walt Disney World Speedway® has been home to Indy Racing League (IRL), NASCAR Truck series and United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned races. Since 2000, it has been operated year-round exclusively by Richard Petty Driving Experience, which has seen more than 250,000 people drive or ride in one of its NASCAR race cars.

Petty Holdings recently completed an interior road course-style section at the track, specifically for Exotic Driving Experience, which features a series of quick, challenging right and left-hand turns, known as "switch backs." Complete with barriers and rumble strips, this section replaces the frontstretch of the oval when the supercars are on track and, together with the backstretch, comprises another one-mile layout which has been named The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway®.

"We needed a circuit that would allow customers to really get a sense of what these incredible cars are capable of" said Rick Fedrizzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, who designed the new interior section. "Drivers can rapidly accelerate to high speeds on the backstretch of the oval and, when they come into the interior section, feel the incredible braking and handling characteristics of whichever exotic they've selected."

"It is an absolute blast to drive this course in any one of these cars," Fedrizzi said.

Although Exotic Driving Experience officially begins after the new year, reservations for 2012 can be made at exoticdriving.com or by calling 855-822-0149.

November 15, 2011

World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Yankees, Mets and Phillies Coming to Disney for Braves Spring Training

Cards, Yankees, Mets and Phillies part of marquee Braves schedule that features 18 home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, including three under the lights; Disney post-game tradition of kids running the bases continues

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2011) - Some of Major League Baseball's marquee teams, including the reigning World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees, will take on the Atlanta Braves at Walt Disney World Resort during spring training in 2012.

The Cardinals and Yankees, as well as the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, make up the core of the Braves' 18-game home schedule at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney. The Cardinals face the Braves on March 19. The Yankees visit twice, Saturday March 10 and Wednesday March 28, and the New York Mets come in three times, March 9 and 23 and the spring home finale April 2. And the Phillies face the Braves on April 1.

The Braves report to the complex for two weeks of training in mid-February, then begin play March 3 against the Detroit Tigers, who return to Disney for a Saturday matchup on March 31. The recently renamed Miami Marlins will sport their new uniforms at Disney on March 22.

The schedule features three night games under the lights at Champion Stadium - the Washington Nationals on March 14 and the Houston Astros March 16 and 30.

Each Braves spring training game has a unique Disney feel with family-oriented fun, including in-game entertainment, Disney character appearances and on-field fan experiences. And in what has become a Disney tradition, kids will again have the opportunity to run the bases after every game.

Individual game tickets for the Braves' home spring training season go on sale Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster (800/745-3000 and ticketmaster.com) and at the sports complex box office.

Information on the Braves' spring training season, group tickets and mini-packs is available by calling 407/939-GAME (4263) and online at www.espnwwos.com/atlantabraves. The popular mini-packs are now on sale, featuring four separate three-game options in 2012 and giving fans their first opportunity to purchase tickets to specific games on the Braves' 2012 spring training schedule. The newest package, the "Pick 'Em Plan," offers guests tickets to four games including one Yankees, Cardinals or Phillies game, and three other non premium games of the fans' choosing.

Fans may also purchase Atlanta Braves Spring Training travel packages through Spring Training USA. Travel packages include Braves game tickets, accommodations at Walt Disney World Resort and other benefits. Information is available online at springtrainingtours.com.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 250-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track & field facility, a tennis complex and a baseball/softball sportsplex. It is also home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops ground-breaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom, as well as development of its new 3-D television channel. In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for press releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports.

The 2012 Atlanta Braves Spring Training home schedule follows.


2012 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Saturday

March 3

Detroit Tigers

1:05 PM

Tuesday

March 6

Washington Nationals

1:05 PM

Friday

March 9

New York Mets-SS

1:05 PM

Saturday

March 10

New York Yankees

1:05 PM

Sunday

March 11

Toronto Blue Jays-SS

1:05 PM

Wednesday

March 14

Washington Nationals

6:05 PM

Friday

March 16

Houston Astros

6:05 PM

Saturday

March 17

Toronto Blue Jays-SS

1:05 PM

Sunday

March 18

Baltimore Orioles

1:05 PM

Monday

March 19

St Louis Cardinals

1:05 PM

Thursday

March 22

Miami Marlins

1:05 PM

Friday

March 23

New York Mets

1:05 PM

Sunday

March 25

Houston Astros

1:05 PM

Wednesday

March 28

New York Yankees

1:05 PM

Friday

March 30

Houston Astros

6:05 PM

Saturday

March 31

Detroit Tigers

1:05 PM

Sunday

April 1

Philadelphia Phillies

1:05 PM

Monday

April 2

New York Mets

12:00 PM

*SS - denotes split squad

All times are Eastern and are subject to change

All games to be played at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The Walt Disney Company Acquires Leading Online Parenting Platform Babble Media, Inc.

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), through its wholly owned subsidiary Disney Online, has acquired Babble Media, Inc., a leading online parenting platform featuring more than 200 influential mom bloggers. The acquisition of Babble further strengthens the position of Disney Interactive Media Group's Moms and Family portfolio as a leading online resource for moms and families.

Disney Interactive's Moms and Family portfolio is a trusted resource for parents today, giving them the online tools and information they need and the ability to share their experiences. Through the acquisition of Babble, Disney Interactive's Moms and Family business gains a blogging platform that elevates the first-person stories of parenthood.

Since its inception in 2006, Babble has become one of the most celebrated parenting sites on the web, named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2010 and by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women. Its stable of bloggers contribute daily to parenting topics including pregnancy, child care, health, food, family activities as well as lifestyle topics such as home, fashion and family products. As the premier blogging platform for a new generation of connected parents, Babble has created a vibrant community of parents who support, encourage and celebrate the highs and lows of raising children.

Babble attracts a broad and engaged audience with its nearly constant stream of posts, written for and by moms. Disney Interactive will infuse its Moms and Family evergreen content into Babble, thereby enriching the Babble user experience and extending the best of what Disney has to offer to today's parents.

"Parents' relationships with Disney are founded in stories, and Disney's best stories are about families. We believe that Babble and Disney can harness the power of storytelling to inform, entertain and empower parents everywhere," said Brooke Chaffin, SVP of Moms and Family, Disney Interactive Media Group. "With more than 3.9 million mom blogs in the US alone, Disney Interactive recognizes and values the important and powerful role moms have taken on in new media."

"We can't imagine a better next step than joining the world's leading media company for families, The Walt Disney Company, and look forward to bringing together Babble's resonant voice and community with Disney's expansive family audience, wide range of content and multi-media platform," said Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, Co-Founders of Babble.

Babble will remain headquartered in New York. Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman will join the Disney Interactive Media Group.

November 16, 2011

D23 SPRINKLES DISNEY MAGIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH A YEAR OF SPECTACULAR EVENTS

BURBANK, Calif. - November 16, 2011 - In 2012, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will take the show on the road as it kicks off a year-long celebration for D23 members with a bold lineup of fantastic events.

Throughout the year, D23 will delight Disney fans from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Palm Springs to Orlando, Burbank and even Marceline, Missouri - Walt Disney's boyhood hometown - with the thrill and excitement of uniquely magical Disney experiences.

"To help D23 celebrate its third 'fanniversary,' we developed the most exciting lineup yet of special events to bring our members truly one-of-a-kind Disney experiences," said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. "We're excited to visit our fans all around the country, and to create events we hope will surprise and delight them."

Starting the year are two new extraordinary experiences: D23's JOURNEY TO MARCELINE and D23 PRESENTS THE SMOKE TREE RANCH ROUNDUP.

For the first time ever, a special tour of Walt's boyhood hometown - Marceline, Missouri - will take place for D23 members on March 14. Led by Disney archivists, the daylong Journey to Marcelineexplores this small town (pop. 2,221) in ways that will have special resonance for Disney fans.

In his later life, Walt found unique inspiration at Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, and during the incredible, three-day Smoke Tree Ranch Roundup (January 23-25), D23 Members can experience this exclusive retreat in a completely unique way. In another first-of-its-kind, immersive experience, Disney fans will get to see what Walt called "my own laughing place," taking part in screenings, presentations, activities and delectable meals, all while staying in a Smoke Tree Ranch cottage.

In the spring, D23 takes the party on the road with the D23 'FANNIVERSARY' CELEBRATION. It commemorates more than 40 unforgettable Disney magical milestones, each celebrating an anniversary in2012. Hosted by Disney archivists, D23 Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Orlando, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and revisits some of the most beloved Disney theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series and more from 85 years of Disney history. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.

In the summer, D23 will offer an all-new "Destination D" event - DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATION, held over two days at the Disneyland Resort in California (August 11-12). As Disney marks the 75th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, D23 marks the occasion by gathering many renowned Disney animation legends along with topDisney animators, voice talent (past and present) and composers -- plus interesting demonstrations, fascinating presentations, autograph sessions and the chance to see entertaining animation rarities from the Disney vaults -- all in celebration of 75 years of Disney feature animation.

Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular series of movie screenings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. With a new series, FROM THE VAULTS, D23 will bring favorite live-action films back to the big screen, including special 20th anniversary screenings of Newsies (February 25) and Sister Act (May 26), plus the classic Disney adaptation of Treasure Island (September 22). D23's 50 AND FABULOUS series also returns in 2012, with In Search of the Castaways (June 23).

The year also includes four special weekends of member-only tours of the Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, which are planned for February 11-12, April 28-29, September 8-9 and November 10-11 - doubling the capacity of these consistently sold-out D23 events.

In the fall, during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, D23's popular Sip & Stroll event get a Halloween twist and becomes SIP & SCREAM (October 2012). And during the holiday season D23 will again hold back-to-back presentations of its popular holiday offerings - DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December) and MAGIC & MERRIMENT (at Walt Disney World Resort, tentative dates: December 7-8 and 9-10), doubling your Disney holiday fun.

Look for more D23 events to be announced throughout the year including details on an Epcot 30th anniversary celebration and a fun-filled D23 third anniversary party at the Disneyland Resort. Full details on D23's lineup of 2012 special events can be found on the Fan Club's website at http://www.Disney.com/D23. All events and dates are subject to change.

November 20, 2011

Edward James Olmos Narrates Epcot's Candlelight Processional

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Edward James Olmos is among a dozen celebrities, ranging from contemporary Christian and country music artists to a soap opera legend and award-winning actor, who will take the stage for the joyous retelling of the Christmas story on select nights from Nov. 25-Dec. 30. They join a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir at Epcot America Gardens Theatre for performances at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The lineup of artists is subject to change.

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November 22, 2011

New Sorcerer Mickey Topiary Conducts Floral Magic at 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 7-May 20

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Colorful New Gardens, Popular Gardening Workshops and Whimsical Fun in Store

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A little gardening magic will go a long way when an eight-foot-tall floral Sorcerer Mickey topiary holds court at the entrance to the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 7-May 20 at Walt Disney World Resort. Standing atop a 12-foot-tall floral mountain cliff and towering above the park's front-entrance topiary bed, the commanding Sorcerer Mickey will direct a riot of color in the manicured shapes of dancing broomsticks, buckets, mushrooms, hippos, alligators and elephants straight from the classic Disney film, "Fantasia."

Disney topiary specialists worked to create the striking new design with innovative materials and recycled elements from years past, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden. An earlier version of Sorcerer Mickey stood less than five feet tall; a larger frame was built, Darden says, to more accurately reflect the character in the front-entrance Fantasia scene. The new Fantasia "mountain" grew from a 2003 topiary piece that once held a "Steamboat Willie"� Mickey Mouse display.

"The challenge is to use our resources, repurpose them, and keep them fresh every year," Darden says. "These are some of our most popular characters from a topiary standpoint, and 'Fantasia' was a groundbreaking film for its music and animation techniques."

The front-entrance floral spectacle will welcome guests to a festival packed with new displays, featured speakers and hands-on fun for all ages.


Don't Miss!

For 75 festival days, Epcot guests can explore topiaries and gardens, learn planting, style and design techniques and rock to the tunes of popular Flower Power concerts:

Bambi's Butterfly House, three times the size of the festival's original, will be a-flutter with multiple species of brilliant butterflies. At Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West.

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden - Fabulous Disney fairy topiaries alight to greet young fans who enter this whimsical garden designed with play structures for children ages 2-5. At the Test Track Walkway.

The HGTV Designers Stage will present HGTV celebrities each Friday through Sunday and nationally recognized garden personalities Monday through Thursday. At the Festival Center.

The Flower Power concert series will welcome back 20th century pop favorites this year when Jose Feliciano, Chubby Checker and The Wildcats, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Davy Jones and seven other bands rock the America Gardens Theatre with their timeless tunes. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers and appearance dates subject to change.

Petal Power

Thirty million blooms, 240 floating mini-gardens on two ponds, 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables, dozens of Disney character topiaries, 30 "flower towers" of impatiens and sweeping beds of floral designs will create a tapestry of brilliant color across the 260-acre Epcot landscape. It takes more than one full year and 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to plan and prepare for the 75-day festival. One of the most interesting challenges is finding just the right plant materials to bring the park's topiaries to life.

The front-entrance "Fantasia" rock cliff topiary will be carpeted with a "blackish-purple Ajuga,"� says Disney plant specialist Heather Will-Browne. White and blue flowers will represent streams of water tumbling down the rock face, she adds, and the "Fantasia" theme will be carried out with masses of hot pink geraniums, blue delphiniums, white poppies, violet petunias and blue pansies, among others. Other show-stopping character topiaries: Lightning McQueen and Mater from "Cars 2" at the Japan showcase; Buzz, Woody and Lotso the teddy bear from "Toy Story 3;" and the Fab Five - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy - outside the Festival Center.

The horticulture team also will plant new landscape looks outside the Italy and Norway pavilions, Will-Browne says. In Italy, gardeners will display a mix of containers overflowing with bright flowers and pots of fragrant herbs used in Italian cuisine. Around Norway, "we'll do a white show of geraniums, violas, snap dragons, poppies and alyssum," she says. A small Norway meadow will feature "a mass of brilliant, wild mixed color." Each of the park's other nine World Showcase countries will feature special festival landscape elements.

More Festival Fun

The Festival Center- Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend demonstrations and get ideas and tips from master gardeners. In Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission:SPACE.

Disney Gardening at Home presentations - Disney horticulturists will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity at the Festival Center.

Special Festival Weekend Celebrations - An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 23-25; a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs gathering will be April 27-29; and a Fresh from Florida Farmer's Market salute is slated for May 4-6.

More information about the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower when festival time approaches. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

Disney Takes Four Themed Entertainment Awards

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TEA Honors Go to Disney Attractions, Cruise Ship and Veteran Imagineer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Force was with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts recently when Star Tours - The Adventures Continue earned one of four top Disney honors among the 18th annual Thea Awards announced by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, which opened at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort this past summer, took a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Attraction Refresh. Other top Thea Awards went to The Magic, The Memories, and You! at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort for Outstanding Achievement - Show Spectacular and to Animation Magic at Animator's Palate aboard the soon-to-launch Disney Fantasy cruise ship for Ingenious use of Technology.

TEA, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, gave the Buzz Price Thea Award Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements to Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who led the team that created and built Disney's Animal Kingdom and who recently oversaw the creative development of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i.

The awards, to be presented at a March gala at the Disneyland Hotel, pay tribute to excellence in the creation of extraordinary experiences, attractions, exhibits and places around the world. TEA International Board President Rick Rothschild says the themed entertainment industry is "producing wonderful examples of achievement in a broader and broader market." And while technology, interactivity and sophistication of themed environments are key factors in presenting the awards, storytelling is at the heart of the best themed attractions.

"It all starts with story, and that's certainly a thing well understood by Disney and by our industry," says Rothschild, adding that the themed-entertainment creative bar gets higher each year. "The proficiency and capabilities availed by technological advances do certainly play into the bar, but it's not technology alone. It's the creative ingenuity of the individuals at all levels of our industry that challenge themselves to discover new ways of storytelling."

The Thea Awards committee praised Star Tours - The Adventures Continue for staying true to the "Star Wars" stories and for the attraction's "breakthrough experience" featuring new story elements, advanced special effects, guest interaction and 54 potential show scenarios.

The Magic, The Memories, and You! projection show at Cinderella Castle inside Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort won the top "Spectacular" category for its technology, visual creativity, adept directorial pacing and stirring musical score that deliver a "unique, emotionally fulfilling experience for the audience."

Animation Magic in the Animator's Palate restaurant aboard the forthcoming Disney Fantasy cruise ship won a Thea for its one-of-a-kind experience for diners at which they will see their own hand-drawn characters come to life and interact with animated Disney characters on a screen. The fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, Disney Fantasy will set sail on its inaugural cruise in March 2012.

Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, will receive the Buzz Price Thea Award recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements. Rothschild says Rohde represents "the continuing creative energy within our industry" and that "he's a legend in his own time, of course."

A 30-year Disney veteran, Rohde says he is grateful to TEA "for their gracious consideration of my name and efforts.

"It's a great honor to be counted among the names that are already graced with this recognition," Rohde says. "I hope that I'll have the opportunity for a few more lifetime achievements to flesh out my portfolio a bit, and better deserve the honor."

TEA is an international non-profit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif., that represents some 7,000 creative specialists including architects, designers, technical specialists and scenic fabricators who work in more than 650 firms in 40 countries.

Robert A. Iger Names George Bodenheimer ESPN Executive Chairman, John Skipper ESPN President

Moves to Ensure Strategic Continuity and Seamless Succession at ESPN

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger announced today that he has named George Bodenheimer Executive Chairman of ESPN, and John Skipper ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, effective January 1, 2012. The moves continue the Company's focus on ensuring strategic continuity and succession planning.

Bodenheimer, currently President of ESPN and ABC Sports and Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks, will relinquish his day-to-day operating responsibilities January 1. As Executive Chairman of ESPN, Bodenheimer will continue to chair ESPN's Board of Directors, provide strategic direction and support a seamless transition to Skipper, who will assume day-to-day operating responsibilities January 1. Skipper has served as ESPN's executive vice president, content, since October 2005.

Bodenheimer will continue to report to Iger. Skipper will have a dual report to Iger and Bodenheimer.

Iger said: "George has said repeatedly that ESPN's success has been led by its collaborative corporate culture and a deep bench of executive talent. While that remains true, it obviously and intentionally downplays his leadership and many significant contributions. We've focused on succession at all levels of Disney for some time now, and consistent with that approach, George initiated conversations last spring that led to today's announcement.

"With George's continued presence, John's experience and vision and an executive management team and workforce that are unparalleled in the sports media business, ESPN is extremely well positioned for continued success."

Bodenheimer's 13 years as president of ESPN have been marked by expansive growth domestically and internationally across every available metric and media platform. Today, ESPN is comprised of eight US television networks, five HD services, a 3D TV network, 48 international networks, 13 international editions of SportsCenter, 18 web sites, 750 radio affiliates, the largest mobile sports operation and 7,000 employees worldwide. ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters has increased to 116 acres, featuring a state-of-the-art digital production center with construction of a second facility underway.

Bodenheimer said: "I've been with ESPN 31 years - my entire professional career. Constant change and consistent growth have marked each of those years, and to me those two themes underscore today's news. We've demonstrated that change managed well is healthy - for companies and for people. After 13 years as President, I felt it was a good time to step away from the day to day management of ESPN and let others take the lead. I very much appreciate Bob's support over the years, and look forward to my future role with ESPN.

"We are in great shape on many fronts. The people of ESPN have made us the great company we are today. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished together, and excited about our future."

As Executive Vice President, Content, Skipper is responsible for the creation, programming and production of ESPN content across all media platforms, including television, radio, the Internet, broadband, wireless, interactive games and home entertainment. Under his leadership, ESPN has consistently set records for television ratings and digital consumption; negotiated several major rights agreements with the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, FIFA, the Masters Tournament, the British Open, the USTA, Wimbledon and several college conferences; and launched a wide variety of creative programming, including the critically acclaimed ESPN Films sports documentary series.

Skipper joined ESPN in June 1997 as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine, overseeing one of the most successful magazine launches of the 1990s. Previously, he was senior vice president of The Disney Publishing Group, overseeing all of Disney's magazine, book and licensed publishing operations in the United States.

Skipper said: "I am humbled and excited to be given the opportunity by Bob and George to lead this terrific company. George set a high bar and an impeccable example, and I will dedicate all of my energy to follow George's lead in both empowering and supporting my 7,000 ESPN colleagues who do such great work every day. I look forward to working alongside them in meeting the many challenges that lie ahead."

Thanksgiving Dinner Goes to the Dogs at Best Friends Pet Care

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NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef Penny slices some turkey, places it on a fancy plate, adds some trimmings, and serves it to Henry and Eloise, two of her eager holiday guests. Henry's ears promptly fall into his plate while Eloise dives face first into her meal.

Not your usual Thanksgiving vignette, but this is no ordinary Thanksgiving dinner: Henry is a Basset Hound, Eloise is an Old English Sheepdog and this feast was specially prepared for four-legged guests boarding at Best Friends Pet Care (www.bestfriendspetcare.com).

For the fifth year, each of Best Friends 42 U.S. locations will host a special feast on Thanksgiving Day for family pets boarding over the holiday. The meal will feature freshly roasted slices of turkey atop turkey-and-rice dog food, trimmed with green beans and carrots. There's a sweet potato biscuit for dessert.

"Pets are family members," explains Renee Coughlin, VP of Marketing for Best Friends Pet Care. "If they were at home on Thanksgiving, they'd be sharing the holiday feast with their families. So, we decided that the dogs staying with us over the holiday should be able to celebrate with a special meal."

The holiday fun kicks off Wednesday morning during drop-off, when clients arriving with their pets are greeted by the aroma of turkey slow-roasting in the lobby. Best Friends staffers don chef's hats and leave no detail unattended as their special guests arrive. A few lucky dogs even get to taste test the meal that will be served on Thursday.

In the holiday spirit of sharing, boarders at Best Friends aren't the only ones included in the Thanksgiving celebration. Each Best Friends location donates holiday meals to a local animal shelter so that homeless pets have the chance to enjoy a special treat, too.

November 30, 2011

The Muppets Debut on the Disney Fantasy

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Technological Innovations Bring Stories and Characters to Life

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2011) - The Muppets make their debut on Disney Cruise Line in a new adventure game aboard the Disney Fantasy, the new Disney ship setting sail in March 2012.

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and whimsical technical innovations - whether it's mealtime, playtime or bedtime. "Paintings" spring to life. Guests' own drawings dance with Disney characters. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside. Animated characters chat with guests. The floor beneath children comes alive to movements. Among the highlights:

Muppets Adventure Game

The Muppets are coming to the Disney Fantasy! While playing "The Case of the Stolen Show," guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical "evidence."

The adventure begins with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and a cast of more than 20 Muppets preparing to stage a big performance. But there's a problem: Kermit's banjo is missing, Fozzie's squirting flower has vanished, Gonzo's crash helmet has gone astray, Animal's drum sticks have disappeared and the Swedish Chef can't find his cleaver! All of the props for the big show have been stolen by a cunning thief (or more likely, another Muppet).

Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find their missing props. Kermit, worried about Pepe's lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.

Guided by a map and holding a unique game card in front of select pieces of Enchanted Art, guests unveil clues and find missing props. Elsewhere on the ship, guests may check a Muppets message board and find a Muppet-sized stateroom door to discover clues. Their mission is to identify the culprit and solve the crime before it's time to raise the curtain and light the lights on the Muppets' big show.

"The Case of the Stolen Show" is a self-paced adventure game designed for guests ages nine and older. It features several possible endings and multiple randomized events - so each time a guest plays, they have a different gaming experience.

Enchanted Art

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, more than 20 pieces of Enchanted Art, inspired by classic Disney characters and animations, immerse guests in Disney storytelling in a completely new way.

As guests pause to admire an individual piece of Enchanted Art, it magically comes alive. Some examples of Enchanted Art new to the Disney Fantasy"

-- Dual circus art posters featuring Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse flying from one frame into the other - a nod to the Disney Fantasy stern characters.

-- Walt Disney animating three new clips that spring from his sketch pad featuring the "Fab Five" (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto).

-- Scenes from Disney's classic animated film "Fantasia" depicting dancing fairies set to "Nutcracker Suite" and a frolicking unicorn and satyr set to "The Pastoral Symphony."

-- Fanciful animations of "Alice in Wonderland" inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair's artwork.

-- "Pinkie Daisy" inspired by Thomas Lawrence's painting "Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie."

While Enchanted Art looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, it is actually a framed LCD screen that utilizes technology to create special effects. Enchanted Art "recognizes" a guest is present and activates several seconds of animation. Guests may see new and different animation when they visit the Enchanted Art another time.

"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.

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 black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse. Mickey then places the Sorcerer's hat upon his head, transforming all of the animation into color.

Mickey invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney-Pixar films is displayed, set to the show tune "Be Our Guest." After the number is complete, guests are encouraged to complete their own drawings so they may be whisked off to Mickey Mouse, who is conjuring a magical final act.

After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a musical crescendo, he works his magic and 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" while credits roll on screen showing each guest's name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, guests' drawings are returned to them with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.

Living Characters

In Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas, Disney characters come to life and interact with children in one-of-a-kind experiences"

-- Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar motion picture "Finding Nemo," and Stitch, the mischievous animated alien from the motion picture "Lilo & Stitch," appear on a 103-inch plasma screen.

-- The characters chat, play and joke with kids in live, unrehearsed, personalized conversations, using sophisticated, voice-activated animation.

Living Characters create 'Undersea Magic'

The Living Characters fun continues at Animator's Palate restaurant"

-- Once guests are seated for dinner, the entire restaurant goes through a transformation as dinnertime is also show time for "Undersea Magic."

-- The transformation involves more than 100 wall-mounted LCD screens that switch to scenes of a vivid undersea environment - as if the restaurant is transported to the ocean floor and the screens are windows providing views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside there.

-- Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from Disney-Pixar's "Finding Nemo," swims around the restaurant from "window" to "window," engaging in live impromptu interactions with guests.

Magical Porthole

The Disney Fantasy carries on the spirit of innovation with a cruise industry first for all 150 inside staterooms - a "window" to the world with a real-time view outside the ship"

-- Each room features a wall-mounted monitor framed to have the appearance of a porthole. The monitor displays a real-time video view outside the ship - sometimes supplemented by a little "magic" in the form of animated Disney characters that "fly by," such as Peach the starfish from the Disney-Pixar film "Finding Nemo," Dumbo the flying elephant and Mickey Mouse.

-- High-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed the video to the monitors. Camera positions correspond with stateroom locations - port or starboard, from bow to stern.

Magic PlayFloor

Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab feature a Magic PlayFloor, a cruise-industry first that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney's panache for storytelling"

Located in the main gathering space in both venues, the interactive floor allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action.

-- The PlayFloor is designed with 16 light pads on the perimeter that detect motion and location and trigger actions. There are 28 monitors integrated with one another to create a grid display 15 feet by 15 feet on the center of the PlayFloor.

-- The games are thematically tied to Disney stories and characters - to everything from "Cars" and "Tron" to "Peter Pan" and "The Princess and the Frog."

-- Youth counselors use the Magic PlayFloor during storytelling activities where children fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan, help their frog feast on a bug banquet, leap over lasers with Stitch, race a car like Lightning McQueen and step into the world of Tron.

Skyline

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 lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.

Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning city skylines. The venue's nine "windows to the world" are actually 65-inch LCD screens that depict different locales in panorama. Guests glimpse ever-changing views of spectacular cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Florence, Athens, Budapest and St. Petersburg.

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