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November 1, 2012

Winter Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Gets into the Game with an Inside Look at the Making of Wreck-It Ralph

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Diane Disney Miller Gives Fans a Sneak Peek Of The New Snow White Exhibit At The Walt Disney Family Museum

Go Behind The Scenes With Epic Mickey Creative Director Warren Spector And Discover How Disney Creates Blockbuster Video Games

Exclusive Interviews With Alan Menken And Sarah Silverman

BURBANK, Calif. - October 30, 2012 - It's time to get your game on, as the winter issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The OfficialDisney Fan Club, takes readers on a vivid journey through the world of Wreck-It Ralph, the sensational new film from Walt Disney Feature Animation. The hilarious and touching film begs the question, What would happen if a video game bad guy decided he was tired of being bad?

Available nationwide on Nov. 13, Disney twenty-three answers this question through exclusive interviews with director Rich Moore, writer Phil Johnston, star Sarah Silverman and more. The naturally animated Silverman also offers her personal take on getting toon-ed into the sassy character Vanellope von Schweetz. Along with the new issue, D23 Gold Members will receive a special member-only gift: a vibrant set of pixelated Wreck-It Ralph window clings featuring Ralph, Fix-It Felix, Jr. and the Nicelanders.

"Wreck It Ralph is an imaginative, heartfelt adventure that connects many of our favorite classic video game characters with a host of new ones and is sure to delight Disney fans of all ages," said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. "In the winter issue, we invite D23 Members to get in the game as we take them behind the scenes with the stars and creative team of the film."

The winter issue also celebrates the opening of the new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum with an in-depth look at the collection with a peek from Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and an exclusive interview with Snow White's live-action reference model, Marge Champion. Plus, Epic Mickey creative director Warren Spector writes about digging into the Walt Disney Archives to create blockbuster Disney video games.

Disney twenty-three also offers the latest on exciting new projects from the world of Disney and a look at some celebrated classics. In its pages, Disney fans will be able to:

-- Take to the stage as D23's Billy Stanek and Radio Disney DJ Jake Whetter step into roles in Newsies and Mary Poppins on Broadway
-- Learn "30 Thing You Just Might Not Know About Epcot" from never-built attractions to roaming eight-foot-tall dolls
-- Enter the Magic Kingdom for a look at Walt Disney World's spectacular Fantasyland expansion
-- Get answers to "23 Questions" with The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies composer Alan Menken
-- Enjoy a tour D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and see some of the iconic pieces now on display at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

In conjunction with the release of winter issue of Disney twenty-three, www.D23.com will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23's beautiful, glossy magazine. Only available on D23.com, beginning November 13:

-- Exclusive outtakes and insights from Warren Spector's revelations about the creation of Disney video games.
-- In celebration of The Lion King on Broadway's 15th anniversary, Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher reflect on the opening night of what has become the fifth-longest running show on Broadway.
-- Expanded interviews and behind-the-castle-walls photos of the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to the doorstep of all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. Disney twenty-three magazine is also available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at DisneyStore.com andthroughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of exclusive benefits, including a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; and exclusive, member-only special events.

Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

November 2, 2012

The Walt Disney Company Commits $2 Million for Hurricane Sandy Relief

BURBANK, Calif., November 1, 2012 - The Walt Disney Company announced today a $2 million cash commitment to the relief and rebuilding efforts for those severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. One million dollars will be donated to the American Red Cross for immediate, critical assistance, and another $1 million will be designated for organizations working on rebuilding efforts. In addition, Cast Member and employee eligible donations to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

"It's hard to fathom the devastation from this storm," said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. "Thousands of people in the hurricane's path lost everything and face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together. We hope this helps provide immediate aid needed to get through this disaster and begin the road to recovery."

In addition to financial assistance, Disney-ABC Television Group and ESPN will run public service announcements on ABC, ABC.com, ABCNews.com, Radio Disney, and ESPN's family of networks encouraging viewers to support relief and rebuilding efforts.

Today's announcement is part of Disney's ongoing disaster preparedness and response program. As a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Disney provides support for disaster relief services, as well as comfort and hope to children in impacted communities.

November 4, 2012

2013 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card Available Now Florida Residents

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Florida residents pay for a day, get the holidays and all of 2013 to enjoy the park's great events and the opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin


ORLANDO, Fla. - The popular SeaWorld Fun Card is back. Florida residents pay for a day and come back again and again for the rest of 2012 AND all of 2013 to enjoy SeaWorld's amazing shows, thrilling rides and special events all year long, with no blackout dates.

And buying a Fun Card now finds an even better value: Pay for a day and get the rest of 2012, including SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, and all of the great events and concerts throughout 2013. From Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration inspires lifelong family memories and traditions as waves of holiday spirit splash over the park in a watery, wintery wonderland.

2013's Fun Card comes with an extra cool perk, too. It's the best way to experience the largest expansion in SeaWorld history -- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

When Antarctica opens next spring, guests will be transported into an icy world like they've never seen before. They'll explore the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins' eyes on an exhilarating first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, they'll step out and explore a penguin colony in an expanse that's enveloping in cool extremes: bringing families above and below the penguins' icy world. It's a one-of-a-kind experience families won't forget.

Plus Fun Card members can enjoy all of SeaWorld's incredible 2013 events:

Just for Kids! (Saturdays, Jan. 12 - Feb. 2)
Spend super-silly Saturdays at this amazing festival that's just for kids! This fun-sized festival of family-friendly excitement and activities also includes live shows featuring the best in children's entertainment, including Imagination Movers and Choo-Choo Soul featuring Genevieve.

Bands, Brew & BBQ (Weekends, Feb. 9 - March 3)
Enjoy four weekends of smokin' hot concerts Saturdays AND Sundays with hot acts like Big & Rich, sizzling BBQ from favorite local restaurants and BBQ experts, and an array of thirst-quenching beer in an amazing atmosphere.

Viva La Música (Saturdays, April 13 - May 4)
Spice up your Saturdays with the hottest Hispanic festival in town. Enjoy a variety of delicious Latin cuisine and specialty drinks along with fiery performances from some of the finest acts in Latin music.

Summer Nights (Summer 2013)
Beat the heat and celebrate the fun of summer at this nighttime spectacular. Rock out with Shamu at the summer favorite, Shamu Rocks and see the always entertaining Clyde and Seamore at Sea Lions Tonite. Then, head over to Bayside Stadium to end your night with the marvelous fireworks and fountains finale, Reflections.

Halloween Spooktacular (Weekends in October)
Bring the little ones out to experience the ultimate, family-friendly Halloween event in town. Enjoy this underwater "fantasea" experience that includes trick-or-treating, splashy sea-like characters and sea-themed arts-and-crafts.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration (Select dates in November/December 2013)
Experience the waves of holiday spirit that will splash over you during this incredible holiday event. Celebrate the season with the whole family at this wintery, watery wonderland. Enjoy the beautiful, festive atmosphere while catching some of the amazing shows that are only offered during this special celebration.

New Year's Eve at SeaWorld (Dec. 31)
Ring in the New Year with our fabulous display of bold fireworks accompanied by a musical celebration that is sure to send a wave of welcome to the New Year ahead.

Fun Cards are on sale now to Florida residents for the cost of a single-day SeaWorld admission ($89 for adults and $81 for children ages 3-9). The Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase and good throughout all of 2013 with no blackout dates. Fun Cards are available at the park's front gate, at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.
Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.

November 5, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Jamaica for the First Time Departing from Galveston, Texas

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2012) - Disney Cruise Line will visit Jamaica for the first time with new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city's history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica's signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island's lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn's River Falls.

Also in late 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail seven-night Bahamas cruises from Galveston, calling on Key West, Nassau, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. A tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is the ultimate escape, with powdery white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and swaying palm trees. Always a favorite port of call for guests, Castaway Cay is the place for those seeking adventure, relaxation or quality time with the family.


Fall 2013 Galveston Schedule

NEW: Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. The Disney Wonder will sail from the Port of Galveston on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including a stop at Falmouth, Jamaica. Plus, three days at sea allow guests to experience the world-class entertainment, impeccable guest service and one-of-a-kind shipboard experience found only on Disney Cruise Line.

Ports: Galveston; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico

Departure dates: Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30

NEW: Bahamas, including Castaway Cay. Seven-night Bahamas cruises, include a stop at Disney's private island paradise, Castaway Cay.

Ports: Galveston; Key West; Castaway Cay; Nassau

Departure dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 7, 14

Rates start at $840 per person for these seven-night cruises departing from Galveston, for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

November 7, 2012

Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula to Celebrate at Shula's Steak House in Orlando

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HALL OF FAME COACH DON SHULA AND '72 MIAMI DOLPHINS PLAYERS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF PERFECT SEASON AT SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN HOTEL

The NFL's winningest coach, Don Shula, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his 1972 Perfect Season Miami Dolphins at Shula's Steak House located at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 29. The '72 Dolphins is the only team in NFL history to finish a season without a loss.

Shula - along with former 1972 Miami Dolphins players Mercury Morris, Earl Morrall and Hall-of-Famer Larry Little - will meet and greet with attending guests from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. that evening. In addition, all guests 21 and older who participate in the meet-and-greet will receive a specialty "Absolut Perfection" cocktail to mark the occasion in a take-home commemorative glass. Dinner reservations are required to participate in the meet-and-greet.

Shula's Steak Housewww.swandolphin.com/shulas is themed after the 1972 Perfect Season Miami Dolphins. The restaurant is recognized for its Premium Black Angus Beef and award-winning beverage program.

Reservations are required. Call (407) 934-4155 for reservations or more information.

November 8, 2012

All Star Vacation Homes Welcomes Leed® Gold Certified Eco-Friendly Vacation Home

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The Signature Estate Vacation Home, Designed with Energy-Efficient and Water-Saving Components, is Now Available to Guests

CELEBRATION, FLA. (November 07, 2012) - All Star Vacation Homes is excited to welcome its first LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified home into its vacation home management and hospitality program. The 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom vacation home, located in Formosa Gardens Estates (Kissimmee, Fla.), has received a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council certifying its high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. All Star Vacation Homes is pleased to offer the green vacation home, the first LEED certified vacation home to receive All Star's Signature Estate rating, to guests seeking to minimize their impact on the environment during their Orlando vacation.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building program that provides third-party verification of sustainable homes. Participation in the LEED program is voluntary and demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. To become certified, the home must pass a variety of field inspections, performance testing and on-site verification to document LEED strategies and determine if the home has met or exceeded program requirements.

With a LEED Gold rating (the second to highest rating), this home has been constructed with the following environmentally-friendly and healthy features:

• Florida Water Star SM certified components
• Graywater reuse system
• Rain water-harvested irrigation system
• Central heat and air conditioning with high-efficiency geothermal compressors
• Whole-house dehumidifier to reduce dust and allergens
• Cross-draft home ventilation system
• Energy Star lighting fixtures
• Structured wiring
• Miele brand Energy Star-qualified appliances
• Solar-generated water and pool heaters
• Interior paint with no VOCs
• Recycled wood flooring panels
• Custom imported tiles made of recycled granite and marble
• Green Label-certified carpeting in game room
• Forest Stewardship Council-approved lumber throughout

In addition, this vacation home is located next to a conservation area and Moon Lake in the Formosa Gardens Estates community and sleeps up to 16 guests with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, luxury amenities, high ceilings and custom décor. Amenities include a home theater with 120" projection screen, HD projector, surround sound and wet bar; game room with 47" LCD TV, three arcade machines, PlayStation 3 and air hockey table; screened-in pool and patio area with a swim-against current lap pool, spa and a fire pit pool sitting area; outdoor four-hole putting green and two laundry rooms. Guests can also enjoy scenic nature and lake views from the home's four patio balconies. Through All Star's Guest Services Team, guests can have groceries and wines delivered and placed in the home's refrigerator and wine closet upon arrival.

"This eco-friendly Signature Estate vacation home accommodates a growing group of guests who are concerned about the environmental footprint they leave behind," said Steve Trover, CEO of All Star Vacation Homes. "We are pleased to offer this unique vacation home that promotes environmental stewardship and responsibility, and also provides the space and amenities for a luxurious getaway."

The vacation home is a model home built by Formosa Gardens Homes, Inc., known for its quality construction and design. Serving as an example of its first environmentally-friendly vacation home, Formosa Gardens Homes will be constructing more luxury vacation homes that are sustainable and low in utility costs. An experienced home builder in Central Florida since 1993, Formosa Gardens Homes specializes in sustainable building practices and uses insulated concrete forms in all its homes. The company integrates its distinct combination of vision, quality, luxury, aesthetics and location into every project. Its communities are strategically located in the Formosa Gardens development along US-192, just two miles from the Walt Disney World® Resort main entrance. Formosa Gardens Homes, Inc. is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Green Building Coalition.

For more information or to make a reservation with All Star Vacation Homes, guests can visit www.AllStarVacationHomes.com or call 1-800-396-1173.

All Star Vacation Homes brings its passion for high standards and hospitality to elevate the vacation home industry to new levels. Since it was established in 1998, All Star has set a solid foundation in the competitive Orlando landscape and has emerged as a market leader. As the company expands this success into other high demand travel destinations, All Star implements its unique formula of Personalized Service, Quality Home Care, Proven Marketing, Strategic Location and Guest-Influenced Experience to fulfill its vision of creating a vacation home experience like no other.

Currently, All Star represents more than 250 homes, condos and town homes in Kissimmee/Orlando, Fla. near Walt Disney World® Resort. By popular demand of its guests, All Star has recently announced expansion into Captiva Island, Fla. For more information, visit www.AllStarVacationHomes.com or call 1-800-396-1173.

November 9, 2012

Buckle up for Fun! Epcot Guests “Drive their Design” at the Re-Imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Walt Disney World Resort guests will experience the thrill of designing their very own virtual vehicle - then putting their design through its paces - when the re-imagined, multi-sensory Test Track Presented by Chevrolet grand reopens Dec. 6, 2012.

The iconic Epcot attraction, a new collaboration between Chevrolet Design and the creative team of Walt Disney Imagineering, celebrates how meticulous design not only shapes the look of Chevrolet cars and trucks, but drives their performance on the open road.

For inspiration for the project, Walt Disney Imagineers made numerous visits to Detroit, collaborating with Chevrolet designers and touring the inner sanctums of Chevrolet's design studios.

"As storytellers, to be able tell Chevrolet's design story was fun for our Imagineers," said Eric Jacobson, senior vice president of WDI. "Chevrolet designers come from the same creative roots as Imagineers. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet will become, for Epcot guests, an exciting part of their visit to Walt Disney World Resort."

Amid upbeat music, eye-popping lighting effects and a collection of Chevrolet concept cars and model vehicles, guests themselves will become automotive designers -- and peer into the future of personal transportation in the process.

"Through an enduring partnership, Chevrolet and Disney continue to inspire generations to imagine the impossible and innovate," said Chris Perry, vice president, U.S. Marketing, General Motors. "The re-imagined Test Track reflects the personality and values of Chevrolet design and offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at a discipline that drives our business. This first-of-its-kind automotive design attraction represents the best of Chevrolet design and Disney innovation."

Test Track guests enter an all-new, interactive pre-show area -- completely retooled and re-imagined from the garage-like testing area of the former GM Test Track. The sleek new "Chevrolet Design Center" invites guests to create their own virtual custom-concept vehicle. Car design wannabes will get to shape their own virtual car, truck or crossover vehicle and learn how their design choices perform against four important attributes:

Capability
Efficiency
Responsiveness
Power

At design kiosks, rows of touch screens become canvasses for guests to try their hand at design magic. Here, they can virtual-draw -- maneuver their vehicle design by shape, length, width and engine size. Once they create the design of their dreams, guests complete their creation with even more choices. They can make a design statement with an expressive front grill, order up wheels by size and style, add paint and other graphics and trick out their vehicle -- top to sides, front to back -- with the latest accessories. Then comes the crowning touch of their design -- adding Chevrolet's world-famous bowtie logo.

Their virtual Chevrolet vehicle complete, the adventure then shifts into high gear as guests -- armed with a card encoded with their personal design that travels with them -- board their 6-person "SimCar" ride vehicle. Ahead: a thrilling journey into a dazzling multi-sensory digital experience as guests put their personal design through a series of performance tests -- the exhilarating heart of Test Track Presented by Chevrolet.

Along their route, riders experience changing terrain and extreme conditions as their designs are scored for Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness and Power. How does their design stand up on the challenging hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit? How well does it navigate through bumpy roads, icy conditions, turn-on-a-dime curves and other surprises? Their design skills are put to the test -- at speeds of up to 65 mph.

The fun and excitement continues in the post-show area.

Scoring their design. Guests get to compare their car's results to that of a baseline SimCar -- and also see how they performed against their fellow "designers."
At a digital driving table laying out a road course, guests can race their virtual custom-concept vehicles against other guests' designs, over changing terrain and encountering extreme conditions.
Brand-new car designers can create their own commercial -- starring their virtual car.
In another experience, guests get to pose with actual Chevrolet vehicles. Through green screen technology -- with a few taps on their touch screen -- guests can suddenly find themselves posing with their Chevrolet on the lunar surface, arcing across the galaxies, navigating the bright-white of a polar landscape or other thrilling scenes. The images become easily sharable on social media, sending virtual postcard greetings to family, friends or co-workers back home.
New and concept Chevrolet vehicles are laid out showroom-style. Guests can get behind the wheel of Chevrolet's latest models. Chevrolet product specialists are on hand to answer any questions.

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is included in Epcot admission. For more: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/attractions/test-track/

November 10, 2012

Starbucks Locations at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot Set to Open Next Year

According to the Disney Parks Blog, two Starbucks locations will open in Walt Disney World Resort next year, one in the Magic Kingdom and one in Epcot.

The Magic Kingdom's Main Street Bakery will close for refurbishment in January 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks in early summer. The cast members there will wear a costume consistent with the early 20th century look and feel of Main Street, U.S.A.

Over in Epcot, the Fountain View will close in March 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks location in midsummer. The cast member costumes there will be themed to match the park's futuristic theme.

The Starbucks locations at Magic Kingdom and Epcot will both offer the full complement of Starbucks signature beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a wide selection of baked goods, including muffins, scones and specialty treats.

In June, a Starbucks location opened at Disney California Adventure park in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. More Starbucks locations are slated for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland.

November 13, 2012

Celebrate the Holidays with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Visitors will enjoy tree-lighting ceremonies, dessert decorations, elves tucking kids into bed and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - To kick off the holiday season, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering a variety of festive events and activities throughout December with two special guest hosts. Like many other holiday travelers, Santa and Mrs. Claus are jetting off to Florida to escape the cold, and once again have decided to spend their vacation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families can enjoy a unique holiday experience away from home at the Epcot resort area hotel, mingling with a tropically clad Santa, lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus and even getting tucked in by one of Santa's elves.

This year's holiday happenings at the hotel include:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet 'n Greets

Select nights throughout December, Santa and Mrs. Claus, decked out in their vacation attire, will meet with guests in Santa's customized Tiki hut. The hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a photo opportunity like no other. Plus, with Santa in such a relaxed state of mind, he might even be willing to grant more gift requests for those brave enough to ask!

Life-Size Chocolate Santa

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel's executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan during the month of December. It will also include a chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-ins

Even after Santa's elves have finished making Christmas presents, their work isn't finished! On Christmas Eve, the elves will visit children staying at the hotel and tuck them into bed before Santa arrives. For those who order this memorable experience, a full-costumed elf will deliver milk, cookies and a plush toy to the room, read a bedtime story and tuck the children into bed. Reservations are required and space is limited for this exclusive Christmas Eve service.

Holiday Entertainment

On select nights, the hotel will offer special holiday entertainment for visitors. Guests can enjoy beautiful musical performances by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies or on the causeway and other public areas throughout the resort.

Magic Keys for Santa

For children worried that Santa might not know where to deliver their gifts, these magic keys are the perfect solution. Children can hang a magic key outside their guest room on Christmas Eve to ensure that Santa finds his way.

Tree-Lighting

Guests can enjoy a special tree-lighting ceremony in the Dolphin lobby on certain nights in December, hosted by Mrs. Claus herself! Beverages and snacks will be available next to Santa's Tiki Hut.

Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Throughout December, families will be able to enjoy holiday-themed movies on their guest room televisions. Children will also have the chance to decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities and prices, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500. Overnight rates start at $159 per night.

Central Florida Kids Get Special Sneak Peek of New Fantasyland

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2012 - Mickey Mouse and a few of his best pals opened the gates of Magic Kingdom a little early this morning to welcome dozens of Central Florida kids to be among the first to experience New Fantasyland.

During a special sneak peek organized just for them, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida walked beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle into the Enchanted Forest and found themselves inside the pages of some of their favorite stories. They got to experience the new Enchanted Tales with Belle and Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, as well as toast Gaston with a frozen mug of Le Fou's Brew.

"We wanted to share some of the excitement of New Fantasyland with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida who have something in common with Belle - a love for learning," said Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort. "As a company committed to making a difference in the lives of children in Central Florida, what better way to start than by creating new memories with local kids as they enjoy Fantasyland."

New Fantasyland represents a significant milestone for Walt Disney World Resort. The expansion doubles the size of the most popular land in the most popular theme park in the world. This latest example of Disney storytelling connects guests with beloved Disney characters and stories in new ways that are more imaginative, more interactive and more immersive than ever before.

At Enchanted Tales with Belle, guests pass through a magic mirror, interact with a talking wardrobe and join Lumiere to be part of Belle's story.
Guests enter Prince Eric's Castle to discover Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid and become part of Ariel's world through games and interactions with mischievous animated characters and adventures.
Beast's castle will feature Be Our Guest Restaurant, a lavish dining experience that includes an elegant ballroom, gallery and mysterious "West Wing" of the castle. The restaurant will seat up to 550 guests and will offer fast casual service during the day and elegant table-service dining at night.

The grand opening of New Fantasyland is scheduled for Dec. 6. Since construction began in 2010, Fantasyland has created 700 construction jobs with an additional 800 operational jobs coming online over the next two years. Jobs range from attraction hosts to management positions.

SeaWorld Debuts New Antarctica Ride Vehicle

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Seaworld Orlando Debuts Ride Vehicle That Will Take Guests On First-Of-Its-Kind Adventure In 2013 New Attraction, Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin


Orlando, FL (November 13, 2012) - At the world's largest theme park convention - the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' Expo 2012 - SeaWorld Orlando execs revealed the vehicle that will take guests on a first-of-its-kind ride to the frozen south in the park's 2013 attraction and all-new realm, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.


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"There's nothing else like this in the world," said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment creative director. "Next year, this is the vehicle that will take families on an epic adventure and allow them to experience and interact with the thrills, wonders and dangers of Antarctica, all through the eyes of a very special penguin."


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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin combines a state-of-the-art family adventure ride and closer-than-ever encounters with hundreds of penguins - kings, gentoos, Adelies and rockhoppers - to create Orlando's must-see 2013 new attraction. Immersing guests in a colony of penguins means Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.


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Designers revealed a bit more about the vehicles' unique role in the attraction.

The cars themselves are technological marvels. Each car is a mobile simulator, with movements that allow the riders to become one with the storyline as they follow and mimic a young penguin's adventures. The combination of experiences - mobile, moving simulators and a completely trackless ride - are theme park firsts. Guests will choose one of two levels of adventure. Designers say each level has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica.

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"When our little hero penguin learns to waddle and slide, we'll feel what it's like as the car moves and reacts to the storyline. When he takes his first swim or barely escapes danger, our guests will feel as if they're right there with him," Morrow said.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the biggest expansion in company history. Park execs consider the attraction an all-new "realm," rather than a single attraction. Antarctica's scope includes the ride, penguin colony, gift shop and restaurant.

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It's an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. "We've taken our guests and fans on astounding journeys," said Terry Prather, SeaWorld Orlando's president. "But no one has ever experienced what we're bringing to Orlando in 2013. The first-of-its-kind ride, the cold, the wind, the thrills and danger of Antarctica and walking among penguins in a massive habitat is something only SeaWorld could do."

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Yankees, Cardinals, Phillies and Tigers Headline Braves Spring Training Schedule at Disney

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18-game schedule starts Feb. 22, earliest start at Disney; features four night games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2012) - A lineup of marquee baseball teams, including the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, will visit Walt Disney World for Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves, who earned a National League Wild Card berth in 2012, report to the complex for two weeks of training in early February, before opening at Champion Stadium on Feb. 22 against Detroit. The late February date marks the earliest start for Braves at Disney since the team arrived in 1997.

A pair of visits by the Yankees, Feb. 23 and March 16 (night game), a March 12 contest versus the Cardinals, and a March 18 game against the Philadelphia Phillies highlight the schedule.

The Washington Nationals and Tigers, both reigning playoff clubs, make up the core of the Braves' 18-game home schedule at Champion Stadium. Each will play three games apiece at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Nationals visit Disney on Feb. 26, before a pair of night games, March 1 and March 21. The Tigers will also play under the lights March 7, along with day games Feb. 22 and March 3.

The 2013 slate also features the New York Mets twice, on March 15 and March 25, the Miami Marlins on February 25 and March 10, the Toronto Blue Jays on March 8 and Pittsburgh Pirates on March 20.

This year's schedule will also include select promotional themed games, along with the traditional Disney family-oriented fun, including in-game entertainment, Disney character appearances and on-field fan experiences. 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 Monday, Nov. 26 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 for 2013 and giving fans their first opportunity to purchase tickets to specific games on the Braves' 2013 spring training schedule.

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

2013 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Friday, Feb. 22 Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
Saturday, Feb. 23 New York Yankees 1:05 PM
Monday, Feb. 25 Florida Marlins 1:05 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
Friday, March 1 Washington Nationals 6:05 PM
Sunday, March 3 Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
Thursday, March 7 Detroit Tigers 6:05 PM
Friday, March 8 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 PM
Sunday, March 10 Miami Marlins 1:05 PM
Tuesday, March 12 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 PM
Friday, March 15 New York Mets 1:05 PM
Saturday, March 16 New York Yankees 5:05 PM
Monday, March 18 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 PM
Wednesday, March 20 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
Thursday, March 21 Washington Nationals 6:05 PM
Saturday, March 23 Houston Astros 1:05 PM
Monday, March 25 New York Mets 1:05 PM
Thursday, March 28 Houston Astros 1:05 PM

All times are Eastern and are subject to change
All games to be played at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

November 16, 2012

OZ the Great and Powerful

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Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting.

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Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

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2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to Feature the Land of Oz

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Land of Oz Interactive Play Area New for 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Guests will follow in the footsteps of Oz The Great and Powerful by playing carnival games in a circus-themed area. Here red-and-white tents will offer all kinds of midway games, plus fun photo opportunities.

The next stop is the "Land of Oz Play Area", where bubbles fill the air, and where you can find: play equipment adorned with giant flowers, The Great and Powerful Oz's crashed hot-air balloon, and more! Guests can also wander through the "Oz Movie Garden," which will feature lush, unusual plants inspired by the Land of Oz.

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician, is hurled away from Kansas to the Land of Oz, he thinks fame and fortune are his for the taking, until he meets three witches who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Drawn into the epic problems facing the inhabitants of Oz, Oscar must use his magical arts to save them and transform himself into the great and powerful wizard-and into a better man as well.

Festival Highlights

* Educational designer presentations with HGTV and DIY Network personalities

* Themed flower and garden displays-where you'll learn new tips and techniques that you can try at home

* Interactive areas for kids

* Topiary displays of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters

* The Flower Power Concert Series-featuring live performances from popular hitmakers of the 1960s and 1970s

Learn more about Oz the Great and Powerful

New Interactive Entertainment Debuts in Fantasyland Expansion

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"With the opening of New Fantasyland, we're excited to introduce several new atmosphere groups that will become part of the storytelling experience you'll find there," said Creative Director Reed Jones. "They're going to bring the neighborhoods of the land to life in really fun ways."

The Royal Majesty Makers engage boys and girls in random acts of "royaldom," endowing them with the skills to become princes and princesses. These royal consultants, official ambassadors of Cinderella's court, inspire and delight visiting villagers with magical moments throughout the land.

Led by retired knight Sir Sterling and royal etiquette expert Lady Llewellyn, the Royal Majesty Makers also include squire extraordinaire Tobias and flirtatious lady-in-waiting Bridget. They may be found in the Castle Courtyard, conducting Knight School, delivering invitations to a royal ball, leading royal dances or even playing a game of "Sir Sterling Says."

November 17, 2012

Senses Spa - Grand Floridian Opens December 17th

The fully remodeled spa, now owned and operated by Disney, is set to open December 17. Imagineers blended Grand Floridian turn-of-the-century elegance with modern touches - plus a dash of Disney whimsy.

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Spa-goers first walk through the new Victorian style entryway and indulge in a relax, renew, or imagine journey that's determined by your treatment choice.

The centerpiece of the spa's lobby is an original mural reflecting old Florida landscape and nature. Glass mosaic tiles in the Jacuzzi rooms further enhance the elegance and sophistication of the spa. All the senses are engaged in an ultimate relaxation experience - flavorful and soothing elixirs, color variations in lighting and orchestral music harmonize with the treatment selected.

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15 treatment rooms offer full-service pampering services such as watertherapy, sugar exfoliation body treatment, rejuvenating citrus facial, a restorative hand and foot ritual with Chinese Jasmine oils, plus a Magical Manicure or Princess Pedicure for youngsters. Lounges, whirlpools, and treatment rooms all provide rejuvenation through the healing nature of Florida citrus and botanicals.

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The new menu of services also includes a signature 80-minute Grand Floridian treatment featuring a special aromatherapy massage.

Guests can book spa appointments at the new Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort beginning November 15, by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) or learn more by visiting www.disneyworld.com/spas.

All Disney World spas, salons and fitness centers will be owned and operated by Disney beginning January 16. On that same day, the spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will temporarily close for renovation and reopen in the summer as Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. More to come on that soon.

November 19, 2012

The Story of New Fantasyland Interactive Website!

Will Gay, creative director with Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group, unveiled a new interactive website today on the Disney Parks Blog.

Called The Story of New Fantasyland, the new online experience has a custom-scored soundtrack, fly-through animation, and is narrated by actor David Ogden Stiers, who was the voice of Cogsworth in the Disney animated classic, Beauty and the Beast.

You can explore FindingFantasyland.com online now. Watch below for a preview of the site.

November 20, 2012

IFAW Receives $250,000 Grant from Disney to Help Rescue Animals from Natural Disasters and Emergencies

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass.,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) announced today a $250,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to support IFAW's efforts to rescue animals from disasters, and to assist IFAW and its partners to prepare their rescue personnel for emergencies.

"Disney has been a committed supporter in IFAW's mission to make the world better for animals," said Ian Robinson, IFAW Animal Rescue Director. "We look forward to continuing to work together and going wherever we are needed to help suffering animals."

For well over a decade, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has provided grants to help IFAW rescue and care for the animal victims of disasters, including after Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the Asian tsunami and Haiti earthquake. Disney's support has helped the nonprofit protect animals big and small -- from elephants and tigers to household pets.

"After a devastating storm like Hurricane Sandy, communities are faced with a shortage of resources," said Kim Sams, director of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. "We are proud to support IFAW, and know that animals affected by such disasters are receiving care from the compassionate staff while impacted neighborhoods can focus on rebuilding."

IFAW is a first responder for animals in distress in times of disasters. Its animal rescue team is currently deployed in New Jersey, helping to reunite families with the pets they were forced to leave behind because of Hurricane Sandy.

November 21, 2012

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Acts For Just For Kids Festival

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Featuring performances by kids' favorite entertainers and more

- SeaWorld Orlando announces an amazing concert line-up for its Just For Kids festival, Saturdays January 12 - February 2.

The 2013 Just For Kids concert lineup includes:

• Saturday, January 12 Imagination Movers
• Saturday, January 19 Laurie Berkner - Solo Performance
• Saturday, January 26 Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve
• Saturday, February 2 Kratt Brothers Live Featuring the stars of Wild Kratts

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Concerts are included with park admission, with show times at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at SeaWorld's Nautilus Theater.

For more details about Just For Kids, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com

Fantasmic "To Go" Meals with Reserved Seating

Taste of Hollywood to Go with Fantasmic! Seats Dec. 22-Jan. 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Taking a cue from the west coast World of Color Picnic Meals at Disney California Adventure, new Fantasmic reserved seating boxed-meals will be offered from December 22 - January 5th!


There are five boxed meals created each day:

Fantasmic fried chicken
Cold Fried Chicken with roasted sweet potato and baby spinach,
broccoli slaw and blueberry cheesecake
Fantasmic Veggie Sandwich
Veggie Sandwich with tomato salad, tabbouleh and chocolate cake
Fantasmic tuna sushi roll
Tuna Sushi Roll with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster
Fantasmic Cajun Shrimp Salad
Cajun Shrimp Salad with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and mandarin orange cheesecake
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Cold-Cut Roast Beef with creamy horseradish, potato salad, grilled asparagus and chocolate cake
Fantasmic turkey cheese Kids Meal
For Kids: Turkey and American cheese wrap with apples and carrots with Ranch dip, strawberry yogurt and a seven-layer cookie bar
Fantasmic yogurt Kids Meal
Another Kids Option: Strawberry Yogurt, apple wedges, carrot sticks, Goldfish crackers and an organic apple cinnamon and oatmeal bar.


You can choose which Fantasmic! show you want to attend based on availability, with the number of seats based on the number of meals purchased.

Pick up your "picnic" at Min & Bill's Dockside Diner from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Meals are $15.99 ($5.49 ages 9 and under) and include a 20-ounce soft drink or water. It's one quick-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. A credit card is required with complete payment upon arrival (24-hour cancellation policy).

You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE up to 24 hours prior. (If you don't have a reservation, you can check the day you are in the park for availability.)

November 26, 2012

All Star Vacation Homes Countdown to Cyber Monday…. It’s Monday ALL WEEK!

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2-for-1 SPECIALS!

Choose from our standard specials when reserving any new future reservation for 7 nights or more during low, mid and high season dates in a private pool home:

FREE Rental Car or Money Rebate

PLUS, select one of the following Cyber Monday Week specials:

VIP Disney-themed Welcome Basket or VIP Gourmet Welcome Basket or $100 off an in-home themed vacation party for your family (provided by Posh-Able Events)

Reserving one of All Star's beautiful condos? Select one of the VIP Gift Baskets!

Visit http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/cyber-monday.asp to learn more about Cyber Monday Week specials or begin your search for a vacation home or condo. To redeem a Cyber Monday Week special, call the All Star Reservations Team at 1-866-921-1826.

Special valid for new reservations booked Monday, November 26-Friday, November 30. Reservations may be made for a minimum of 7 nights for low, mid and high season dates only; holiday season dates not eligible. Condos not eligible for Free Rental Car, Money Rebate or In-Home Party. See website for complete terms and conditions.

The Village People and Tommy Roe Among Acts to Rock Flower Power Stage

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A blooming bounty of festival firsts will welcome Disney guests to the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. First, the news:

-- Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park's World Showcase promenade.
-- A new circus-like "Land of Oz Play Area," based on the Disney fantastical film adventure "Oz: The Great and Powerful" to be released in March 2013, will debut a kaleidoscope of interactive fun.
-- Disney topiary experts will grow, shape and manicure a Fab Five Disney character topiary with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) featured in a celebratory floral cookout scene in living topiary color at the park's front entrance.
-- New illuminated gardens in the park's Future World and World Showcase will cast a colorful glow over each festival evening.

Throughout the 75-day garden party, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, colorful garden displays, a butterfly bounty, HGTV celebrity designers, interactive gardening seminars and whimsical children's play areas. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960s and '70s will perform.

Every Friday through Sunday, HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars. During opening weekend, March 8-10, Chris Lambton of "Going Yard" will appear; other designers scheduled to take the stage include Brandon Johnson of "My Yard Goes Disney" and Meg Caswell of "Meg's Great Rooms."

Now the details:

-- Festival-themed flavors: Guests will discover culinary creations and refreshing libations at multiple festival-themed food and beverage locations. Chefs are tweaking the menu to include backyard barbecue and a variety of garden-inspired and global tastes. Around the World Showcase promenade
-- Fab Five topiary barbecue: 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms. At Epcot Front Entrance
-- Land of Oz Play Area: This interactive new children's play zone will feature play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids' imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, red-and-white circus-themed tents and the "Oz Movie Garden" of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming "Oz: The Great and Powerful." Also on tap: fun games, photo opportunities, the "great and powerful Oz's" crashed hot-air balloon and lush plants inspired by the movie. On the Imagination Walkway
-- Illuminated Gardens: Every night when the sun sets, many of the festival's world-famous Disney topiaries and gardens will twinkle and shine in a new light. Throughout World Showcase and Future World
-- "Monsters University" topiary: Floral representations of Mike and Sully from the hit Disney-Pixar film "Monsters, Inc." and stars of Disney-Pixar's June 2013 release, "Monsters University," will join the festivities as new topiary family members. On the Future World Walkway
-- Phineas and Ferb topiary: The popular Disney Channel animated celebs limit their shenanigans to go green for a family photo-op. Behind Spaceship Earth
-- "Radiator Springs" interactive play zone: Race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck "Mater" of the Disney-Pixar film "Cars 2" will be the well-maintained topiary stars of this play area. On the Test Track Walkway
-- Flower Power Firsts: 1970s top disco band The Village People (April 19-21) and 1960s singer-songwriter Tommy Roe (May 3-5) bring on the Flower Power beat when they take the concert stage. At America Gardens Theatre

And a new twist:

-- Fawn's Butterfly House: Eight fanciful fairy topiaries of Pixie Hollow, including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence, take over the Butterfly House this year where hundreds of colorful winged beauties flit to life. On the Imagination Walkway

In all, more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape. Daily hands-on gardening seminars, and other Festival Center events will offer innovative ideas, design tips and gardening know-how to park guests.

The Flower Power concert series kicks off March 6-10 with Micky Dolenz ("I'm a Believer") and continues each weekend with pop favorites including:

March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

March 22-24: The Guess Who

March 29-31: Nelson

April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie

April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders

April 19-21: The Village People (new!)

April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II

May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)

May 10-12: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

While Disney guests celebrate spring during their festival visit, they also can explore the reimagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the hang-gliding sensation of Soarin' and other high-tech Future World marvels. In World Showcase, where the spotlight will shine on topiaries of Disney princesses, storybook characters and even pandas and trolls, guests will discover the attractions, shops and restaurants that represent cultures and cuisine of 11 countries.

For more information about the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

November 27, 2012

Agent P Expands in Epcot's World Showcase

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New elements are coming soon to the interactive game, Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. The new features will be added to the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan pavilions.

Agent P World Showcase Adventure

The game is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus, a faithful pet to the title characters from Disney's animated series "Phineas & Ferb." Although just a simple pet to Phineas and Ferb, Perry turns into Agent P in each episode to help stop the misguided plans of his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Here at Epcot, guests transform into secret agents to help Agent P thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's most daring plots. Agents use a high tech detection device called a "F.O.N.E." (Field Operative Notification Equipment) to receive clues for each case.

Disney is just giving clues right now, but here are two areas that will see enhancements:

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Agent P World Showcase Adventure

For more information on Agent P visit:

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November 28, 2012

D23 Announces 2013 Schedule of Events

D23 UNLOCKS THE MAGIC OF DISNEY WITH A YEAR OF SPECTACULAR EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
In 2013, The Official Disney Fan Club Will Travel to Boston, Newark, Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles as Well as Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts

BURBANK, Calif. - November 28, 2012 - In 2013, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country through an exciting roster of uniquely magical Disney experiences.

Starting in March, D23 takes the party on the road once again with our second D23'S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. The event, which played to crowds of enthusiastic fans across the U.S. earlier this year, will commemorate dozens of magical milestones, each celebrating an anniversary in 2013. Said The Hollywood Reporter of the 2012 event, "It's a must for Disney fanatics and a fascinating look at Disney history." Hosted by Disney Archivists and D23 Team Members, D23's Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series, and nearly 90 years of Disney history. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.

D23 will once again partner with The Walt Disney Studios, offering members access to advance screenings of the latest Disney animated and live-action feature films. In 2012, D23 Members were among the first to see Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, and Brave.

MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE, the Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, Calif., will open its doors exclusively to D23 on Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, June 8. Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts' creative "think tank." Additionally, in 2013, D23 will partner with Disney Store in key locations to host exclusive and one-of-a-kind events for our D23 Members.

Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular series of movie screenings at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. D23's 50 AND FABULOUS returns, honoring Disney favorites celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013, including screenings of Son of Flubber (April 13), Summer Magic (June 8), and The Sword in the Stone (September 15). FROM THE VAULTS also returns, bringing favorite live-action films back to the big screen, including the digitally restored 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 16.

The year also includes D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES, our popular member-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank. Tours will take place May 4, June 1, September 14, and November 2.

In the fall, during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, D23's SIP & STROLL event will return (September 2013). And during the holiday season, D23 will bring back the popular offering DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December), and introduce the all-new festive D23'S HOLIDAY SPLENDOR at Walt Disney World Resort in December.

The grandest fan event of them all will take place August 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center when the D23 EXPO 2013: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT brings all the wonderful worlds of Disney together under one enormous roof for three days. From The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts to Disney Consumer Products and our numerous media networks, guests will revel in new discoveries, special panels and presentations, movie screenings, celebrity appearances and autograph signings, and gain fresh insights into movies, television, theme parks, animation, Disney history, and more. Special "early bird" discounted tickets are available through December 31, 2012, and D23 Members receive an additional discount on tickets as well as special perks at the Expo.

Look for dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events to be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23's lineup of 2013 special events can be found on the Fan Club's website at www.D23.com. All events and dates are subject to change.

Current event calendar:
• March-April: D23's Disney Fanniversary Celebration, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

• April 13: 50 and Fabulous-Son of Flubber, Burbank, Calif.

• April 13: Mickey's of Glendale shopping day, Glendale, Calif.

• May 4: D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.

• June 1: D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.

• June 8: 50 and Fabulous-Summer Magic, Burbank, Calif.

• June 8: Mickey's of Glendale Shopping Day, Glendale, Calif.

• August 9-11: D23 Expo 2013, Anaheim, Calif.

• September: Sip & Stroll, Walt Disney World Resort

• September 14: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.

• September 15: 50 and Fabulous: The Sword in the Stone, Burbank, Calif.

• November 2: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.

• November 16: From the Vaults-20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Burbank, Calif.

• December: Disney and Dickens, Burbank, Calif.

• December: D23's Holiday Splendor, Walt Disney World Resort

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.D23.com; a weekly email newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive events created especially for its members.

Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships-which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription-are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members. A membership to D23 makes the perfect holiday gift.

Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

November 29, 2012

The Disney Wonder Countdowns to Port Miami

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Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to Port Miami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger-than-life banner proclaiming "See Ya Real Soon.

When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida.

Disney Cruise Line's inaugural Miami season will start with a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Christmas cruise and then ring in the New Year with a 6-night Western Caribbean voyage. These two holiday cruises set the stage for a very happy 2013 with three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

The Disney cruises from Miami will stop at multiple ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Nassau, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Can you guess the port the South Florida families I talked to today are most excited about visiting? Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, of course! Miami is the newest addition to the list of Disney Cruise Line homeports from which guests can escape to this exclusive tropical paradise.

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Acts For Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Acts For Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival
Featuring live concerts by some of the biggest names in music!


ORLANDO, Fla. (November 27, 2012) - SeaWorld Orlando announces an exciting concert lineup for its Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival, Saturdays and Sundays, February 9 - March 17. This year's event will be bigger and better with two additional weekends of authentic sizzling BBQ and concerts.

The 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup includes:

• Saturday, February 9 Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann

• Sunday, February 10 Merle Haggard

• Saturday, February 16 The Beach Boys

• Sunday, February 17 Styx

• Saturday, February 23 Big & Rich

• Sunday, February 24 Third Eye Blind

• Saturday, March 2 Daryl Hall and John Oates

• Sunday, March 3 TBA

• Saturday, March 9 TBA

• Sunday, March 10 Josh Turner

• Saturday, March 16 TBA

• Sunday, March 17 TBA

For more details about Bands, Brew & BBQ - and to get the latest additions to the lineup - visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com

SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with park admission. The best way to catch all the concerts is with a 2013 Fun Card. Just pay for a day and get 2012's Christmas Celebration and all of 2013's events free!

November 30, 2012

Disney's Hollywood Studios Host Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special

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Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special
December 23 through January 5

"The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special" is returning to Disney's Hollywood Studios and will be housed in a larger venue, the Premiere Theater.

For the uninitiated, "The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special" presents the best of family-friendly improvisational comedy, as performers take suggestions from the audience and add their own brand of humor right on the spot, inventing holiday songs, stories, poems and scenarios.

"'The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special' is like a family reunion of the Cast of the Comedy Warehouse," said Show Director Chris Oyen. "We're so happy to be able to bring everyone together again for the holiday season and to put on this show. It's a gift from our family to yours."

"The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special" runs from December 23 through January 5 and is included in regular Disney's Hollywood Studios park admission.

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