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January 1, 2013

Disney’s Animal Programs Works with New England Aquarium to Aid Sea Turtles

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 28, 2012 --The Seas with Nemo & Friends welcomed some new swimmers recently, with the addition of eight Kemp's Ridley sea turtles suffering from hypothermia after a recent cold snap in New England.

As a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, Walt Disney World Resort is one of several organizations working with the New England Aquarium to provide medical care for the weak sea turtles after the New England Aquarium sea turtle hospital reached capacity. Disney's Animal Programs' team members picked up the sea turtles and provided thorough medical assessments including x-rays and blood tests.

Sea turtles are vulnerable to cold weather and frigid waters that lower their body temperatures and slow their metabolism, which could lead to life-threatening comas.

"The team at Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends celebrate and conserve turtles and tortoises every day," said Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president, of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks. "Over the years, our animal care team has nursed more than 300 endangered sea turtles back to health and released them back to the wild."

Currently, Disney's animal care experts are focused on increasing the turtles' body weight and strength for open water swimming in the ocean. According to the care team, the sea turtles are eating well and recovering nicely. The ultimate goal is to release them into the wild, under direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In addition to caring for the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, Disney's Animal Programs Cast Members have transported cold-stunned loggerhead sea turtles to other rehabilitation centers in Florida.

Did you know?

-- Disney's Animal Programs often is called upon to help distressed animals. Disney animal care experts help to support the rescue and rehabilitation of hundreds of injured and orphaned animals every year.

-- Since its inception, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has directed more than $1.1 million to sea turtle conservation efforts.

Toby Keith Visits SeaWorld Orlando

In Orlando with his family for the holidays, country music superstar Toby Keith gives two thumbs up to Clyde the sea lion following the show at SeaWorld Orlando.

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He also bent down for an up-close Happy New Year flipper shake from the sleek and sassy sea lion.

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January 3, 2013

Walt Disney World Offer - Save up to 30%

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Save up to 30% - Most nights Feb - June 2013
Walt Disney World® Resort

Save up to 20% - Select Value Resort Hotels

Save up to 25% - Select Moderate Resort Hotels

Save up to 30% - Select Deluxe & Villa Resort Hotels

Book this special deal by 3/7/13
for stays most nights - 2/18/13 - 3/23/13

Book this special deal by 3/31/13
for stays most nights - 4/2/13 - 6/14/13

Add a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket to make it a package and get a discount on tickets too!

To book, contact Disney directly or use our recommended travel agency: MouseFanTravel.com

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney's Art of Animation Resort - The Little Mermaid rooms.

** Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same ticket.

January 7, 2013

MyMagic+ Latest in Innovation in the Evolution of the Disney Guest Experience

Since the opening of Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has continued to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation to connect guests with the stories and characters they cherish most and deliver legendary guest service. Disney Cast, Crew and Imagineers constantly ask themselves, "How can we take what we do and do it even better?"

Recent Disney Innovations: A Holistic Approach

Disney Parks continually evaluate all aspects of a guest's visit -- from vacation planning to resort hotels to attractions and entertainment - with the goal of creating a seamless, worry-­free experience that enables them to focus on creating memories with family and friends.

Recent examples of Disney Parks' efforts to take the guest experience to the next level include:

• Interactive queues at Walt Disney World attractions like Haunted Mansion, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid and Test Track immerse guests in the story before they ever set foot in the attraction. Guests don't feel like they are waiting in line at all at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, where parents can relax in the air -conditioned big top while their children play.

• Creativity and technology merge seamlessly in attractions like Radiator Springs Racers and shows like World of Color at Disney California Adventure. At Walt Disney World Resort, Turtle Talk with Crush and Enchanted Tales with Belle offer a personalized experience with favorite characters that is different every time a guest visits.

• Interactive experiences like Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure at Epcot and The Cast of the Stolen Show starring the Muppets on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship enable guest to explore their Disney destination in new ways.

"Over the past few years, we've continued to build on our legacy of innovation to take the entire Disney Guest experience to a new level. Our goal is to deliver a more immersive, more seamless and more personal experience to each and every Guest who spends time with us." -­ Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Making "How" Guests Experience Disney Parks Even Better: MyMagic+

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is taking another step forward to evolve "how" guests experience Disney Parks and is using technology to make it easier than ever before for guests to make the most of their Walt Disney World visit. Many of these efforts fall under the umbrella of MyMagic+, which has the ability to connect nearly all aspects of the guest experience and make it better for everyone, at no additional charge.

1. A new website and mobile app called My Disney Experience provides a one--stop shop for all things Walt Disney World throughout every phase of a guest's vacation. It will enable guests to:

• Get more information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer, from resort hotels and attractions to dining and merchandise.

• Design the overall experience they want, planning as much or as little as they wish.

• Make dining and other reservations and FastPass+ selections.

• Connect with family and friends to coordinate plans and share photos.

2. Disney FastPass+ service. Guests will be able to select FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences through My Disney Experience before they leave home and make changes on the go. For the first time, guests will be able to reserve firework and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney Character Greetings and more, in addition to their favorite attractions.

• For guests who don't know where to start, Disney will recommend FastPicks - a set of three FastPass+ selections that serve as a starting point - and give guests the option to customize their selections.

• Disney FastPass+ service is included with Theme Park admission.

3. MagicBand. Worn on the wrist, the colorful MagicBand is an all-­"in-­"one device that effortlessly connects all the vacation choices guests make online with My Disney Experience.

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• Guests can use their MagicBand to enter their Disney Resort hotel room, buy food and merchandise, and enter Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks. Plus, the MagicBand provides FastPass+ access to all the experiences selected and serves as the connection to Disney's PhotoPass .

• The MagicBand is initially available to select Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and guests who purchase other specific products. Other guests will be able to use their standard ticket to access the benefits of MyMagic+, such as making FastPass+ selections on My Disney Experience.

Like any offering, MyMagic+ will evolve over time based on guest and Cast feedback. Additional features are in development and will be introduced in the future.

January 8, 2013

D23 MEMBERS SAVE BIG WITH NEW, EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS AND OFFERS FROM DISNEY AND BEYOND

Members of The Official Disney Fan Club Can Now Save Hundreds of Dollars with Adventures By Disney, Disney Store, Disney on Broadway, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and More!

Plus at Stores and Restaurants Around the Country

BURBANK, Calif. - January 8, 2013 - Whether they're headed to a Disney Park or staying close to home, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can save hundreds of dollars on their favorite activities, events, and attractions when they present a D23 Membership card or use special member-only online codes.

To kick off the New Year, D23 is proud to offer savings with partners from around The Walt Disney Company, including:

· $300 savings off Adventure By Disney's Backstage Magic trip when booking before March 30, 2013

· 15% off all purchases made at Disney Store locations or on DisneyStore.com through March 31

· D23 Member-only ticket prices for Mary Poppins and Newsies on Broadway

· Savings on tickets to see Mulan at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

· A member-exclusive discount on tickets to experience D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

Also included in the more than three dozen special offers for D23 Members are terrific savings on hotels, restaurants, and stores in and around Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including:

· Terrific rates at Howard Johnson Anaheim, Carousel Inn & Suites, and the Anabella Hotel located near Disneyland Resort -- perfect for a trip to the parks or the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Fan Event returning August 9 - 11, 2013

· 10% savings on activities at Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre and on merchandise at CURL by Sammy Duvall at Walt Disney World Resort

· Savings on sweet purchases made at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, either online or in its two Disney Park shops

· 10% off purchases at all RIDEMAKERZ® and Apricot Lane locations

· Dining discounts in and around Disneyland Resort including House of Blues Anaheim, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, ESPN Zone, The Pizza Press, and Tangerine Grill

· 10% off all treatments at Mandara Spa locations at Disneyland Resort (inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel) and Walt Disney World Resort (inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel), as well as at locations around the country

In addition, D23 Members can take advantage of a host of ongoing offers online and around the country developed exclusively for them, including:

· Terrific Disney-fied offers at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo., as well as 20% off The Fairest of Them All, the new book detailing the creation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

· 10% off SuperShuttle bookings, ideal when headed to the airport for your next Disney destination

· Savings on experiences around the country including Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Future of Flight Aviation Center in Seattle and Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.

· Online shopping discounts at Brookstone.com, the ABC TV Store, Sanders Art Studio, ShopSignature.com, and more

Complete details on all D23 Member discounts and offers, as well as a full list of all the latest special deals, can be found online at http://D23.com/Discounts.

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 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.

Mickey and the Magical Map Coming this Summer to Disneyland

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Mickey and the Magical Map is a new show heading to DIsneyland this summer!

Shawn Slater of the Disney Parks Blog explains: "The wise sorcerer Yen Sid tells of a wondrous map - one unlike any other - with the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. But when young apprentice Mickey Mouse attempts to paint the map's one unfinished spot, he stumbles into a fantastic adventure through worlds of music, color and beloved characters, as he discovers the mystery of the map's magic!"

Based on the conceptual renderings, characters from the Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Tangled, and Mulan will be part of the new show!

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Blue Sky Cellar Reopens January 19th

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For those who may not be familiar with the Blue Sky Cellar, it is named after the initial free-thinking process imagineers go through when designing something new, a process they call "blue sky." Disney has been using the Blue Sky Cellar as a preview center for all the upgrades happening at California Adventure, but with the added purpose of showing the imagineering process behind what is being built.

With the massive California Adventure completed, it is now showcasing projects under development at Disneyland too!

Fantasy Faire (an enchanting village square), opening spring 2013, will be showcased when Blue Sky Cellar reopens January19th.

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You'll also find information about the new show, Mickey and the Magical Map, when Blue Sky Cellar reopens!

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RELATED LINKS:
** Mickey and the Magical Map

** Fantasy Fairie Announcement 2001:

January 9, 2013

Key Leadership Changes Announced at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

George A. Kalogridis Named President of the Walt Disney World Resort and Michael Colglazier Named President of the Disneyland Resort;
Meg Crofton to Focus on Her Role as President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2013) - Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs today announced key leadership changes across one of the world's leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences to better position the organization for growth. Effective Feb. 1, Meg Crofton will fully assume her global role as president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France - a position she has held since July 2011 - while concurrently serving as president of Walt Disney World. With Meg's transition complete, George A. Kalogridis is named president of the Walt Disney World Resort, and Michael Colglazier is named president of the Disneyland Resort. Both Kalogridis and Colglazier's roles are also effective Feb. 1.

"With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition," said Staggs. "This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect. I would like to thank Meg for her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in both positions, and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise, leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts."

With the appointment of a Walt Disney World president, Crofton will focus all of her attention to providing strategic oversight of the broader initiatives that impact Disney destinations in the U.S. and France.

Kalogridis brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to his new role at Walt Disney World, including more than 40 years of experience at Disney parks in a number of positions around the world. Most recently as president of the Disneyland Resort, he oversaw one of the most extensive expansion projects in the Resort's history -- including the immensely successful transformation of Disney California Adventure. Throughout his career, Kalogridis also has proven himself to be a leader in the travel and leisure industry, as well as a respected partner in the community.

For the last several years, Colglazier has served as head of Disney's Animal Kingdom where he has been instrumental in the planning and development of an Avatar-themed land. He brings more than two decades of wide-ranging experience to his new role at the Disneyland Resort, including leadership positions in Operations, Global Development, Operations Strategy and Technology and Strategic Planning.

The company also announced several other corresponding changes. As part of the organization's approach to providing new opportunities and challenges to leaders, each of these transitions is designed to give seasoned executives the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the segment's diverse businesses and operations around the world.

Claire Bilby will relocate to Paris as senior vice president, Sales and Marketing Disneyland Paris and Europe, reporting to Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president of Global Marketing and Sales and Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S. Bilby has held a variety of executive positions around the world, including several in sales and marketing, and most recently she has been instrumental in leading the Disney Vacation Club business, making it a priority to deliver an exceptional experience to the more than 175,000 Member families.

As a result of Bilby's new position, Ken Potrock has been named senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney, reporting to Karl Holz, president of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line. Throughout his Disney career, Potrock has been a leader in a wide array of Parks and Resorts businesses, and has become known as a creative catalyst with deep experience in marketing and operations. Most recently leading both the sports and Downtown Disney organizations, his leadership abilities have been apparent with the sports business and the unprecedented growth of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

January 11, 2013

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles Opens in France Pavilion

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Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles has opened in Epcot's France pavilion, in the space adjacent to the movie theater exit.

The new bakery, which replaces the former Boulangerie Patisserie in the pavilion, is much more spacious and offers a new, expanded menu. Offerings include pastries and other sweets, soups, sandwiches, salads and authentic French dishes such as quiche, Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese) and pissaladiere, a pizza-like dish from the South of France.

The bakery opens at 9 a.m. every morning, before the official 11 a.m. World Showcase opening time.

The Disney Dining Plan is accepted for many items at this location.

The former patisserie is being remodeled and will soon reopen as an ice cream shop called Glacier.

January 15, 2013

Bastos Reclaims Crown at 20th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon

Perennial champion wages another fierce battle with countryman and two-time champ Fredison Costa down the stretch; Victory is Bastos' eighth at Disney; Virginia's Renee High repeats as women's champion; Record 65,000-plus participate in weekend's events

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2013) - Perhaps it was fitting that at the 20th annual Walt Disney World Marathon the greatest champion in the event's history - Brazil's Adriano Bastos - reclaimed his place in the victory circle Sunday.

Bastos, who had won seven previous Disney Marathons, including six straight before losing the last two to countryman Fredison Costa, this time held off Costa down the stretch for his eighth victory at the place Where Dreams Come True.

Bastos, 34, lost to Costa, 35, at the 2011 Disney Marathon after getting ill the night before the race, then was edged by him again last year, finishing just 14 seconds behind. Bastos, who trains with Costa, said the two-year drought was extra motivation coming into this year's race, especially given that it was the 20th annual event.

"It was extra motivation, for sure," Bastos, wearing a Donald Duck hat, said through an interpreter.

In a wire-to-wire duel between Bastos and Costa that has become commonplace at the Disney Marathon, Bastos flipped the script on Costa, winning the late-race sprint this time in the final half mile. Bastos, whose goal is to win 10 Disney Marathons, broke the tape at 2:21:16, just 16 seconds ahead of Costa (2:21:32).

Renee High continued the trend of repeat champions by finishing as the top female runner for the second straight year. High of Virginia Beach, Va., ran the 26.2-mile race through all four Disney theme parks, the Disney Speedway and Disney's sports complex, in 2:48:30, three seconds quicker than a year ago.

In the men's Masters division, Ronnie Holassie of Miramar, Fla., came in first with a time of 2:25:26. Wendy Nixon of Windermere, Fla., was the first female across the finish line at 3:22:14.

In the wheelchair division, Krige Schabort of Cedartown, Ga., took the men's title (1:52:52) and Jacqui Kapinowski of Tequesta, Fla., grabbed the women's crown (2:32:57).

In all, more than 25,000 runners, including former pop star Joey Fatone, competed in the Disney Marathon presented by Cigna on Sunday. Roughly 10,000 of those runners also ran the Disney Half Marathon the day before as part of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge - running the half and the full marathon on consecutive days (39.3 miles). The weekend event drew unprecedented interest this year, selling out less than five months after registration began, marking one of the fastest sellouts in the event's history.

Runners from around the country and beyond have been undoubtedly drawn to the event because of several unique features tied to the 20th marathon, such as new course twists, the new Mickey Mouse medal and the post-race party at Downtown Disney.

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna featured events for the entire family such as Kids' Races, a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday. A Health and Fitness Expo ran throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and featured the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as renowned running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.

January 17, 2013

Wilderness Explorers Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Fans of Disney/Pixar's movie UP will be excited to learn that about a new adventure coming to Animal Kingdom, Wilderness Explorers.

Remember Russell? the stowaway in Up. He is a Wilderness Explorer and loves to earn badges through his adventures!

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Just like Russell, now you too will be able to become a Wilderness Explorer with new adventures in Animal Kingdom and the possibility of earning up to 30 badges.

Disney California Adventure already has a version of the Wilderness Explorer Program.

At the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail guests are given the opportunity to become Senior Wilderness Explorers.

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At the entrance, cast members are giving out a pamphlet which describe the tasks that must be completed to earn the Tracking, Bravery, Rock Climbing, Wolf Howl, Animal Spirit, and Puzzle Solving badges.

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One of the first things to do is to find Kevin's tracks. Whether or not someone has completed the tasks is on the honor system - for each task just scratch off the silver coating on the pamphlet to reveal the badge that was earned.

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Upon completing all the tasks prospective Explorers can attend the Wilderness Explorer Ceremony. Russell eventually arrives and everyone is promoted to Senior Wilderness Explorer. After the ceremony there is a meet-and-greet with Russell, which is where they hand out the Senior Wilderness Explorer badge.

The program in Disney's Animal Kingdom should be much different with an entire park full of birds and animals and many possible adventures! It will open this spring.

January 18, 2013

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Launches New Mobile Websites and Ticketing

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Launches New Mobile Websites
and Ticketing for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks

Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2013) -SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment launched new mobile websites for the three SeaWorld and two Busch Gardens parks last week, providing guests and fans with a convenient and easy way to plan their vacations and purchase and redeem tickets directly from their mobile devices.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are some of the first in the theme park industry to effectively use mobile sites with geo-location capabilities. When a guest is near one of the SeaWorld or Busch Gardens parks and connects to the website, the guest's phone will immediately default to driving directions. However, if the guest is actually in the park, the site will automatically default to a park map so they can find their next adventure without missing a beat. Receiving the most relevant content, products, offers and promotions based on their location to the parks are just some of the many intuitive features mobile users can now experience.

"These mobile sites have been in development for several months and we are excited about the incredibly positive response we've already seen from guests," said Anne Fischer, Director of Interactive Marketing for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "With ever-increasing mobile traffic to our parks, guests can expect more exciting mobile websites, products, apps and systems designed to make their lives more convenient in the near future."

The sites provide guests with a simplified mobile purchase experience with images, text and easy steps for the entire process. Once the purchase process is complete, guests will receive their digital admission ticket directly on their phone, allowing them to proceed directly to the front gate for entry to the park.

Unlike other theme park mobile sites, guests can not only purchase single day tickets, but also multi-park and season passes, allowing guests to save money and time. Based on the tickets purchased, the sites will suggest additional experiences and adventures, including behind-the-scenes tours, up-close animal interactions or dining options to make their visit to the park even more memorable.

The new sites were designed to work with some of the most popular cell phone operating systems, including Apple, Android and Windows.

SeaWorld Orlando is Hiring!

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Are you looking for a "splashy" job where you can meet amazing people and work in an incredible environment?

SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica are hiring for hundreds of seasonal jobs that can last through the summer and holiday season. All three Orlando parks are looking to fill a variety of positions, including lifeguards, culinary attendants, park quality hosts, games/vending hosts and prep cooks.

The pay range for these seasonal positions is $8.04-$9.50 per hour; applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Seasonal employees are eligible for a number of benefits, such as free entry to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, park tickets for friends and family and access to numerous team member events.

Those interested in applying must first apply online at seaworldjobs.com, and then attend a special hiring event on Wednesday, January 23, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at SeaWorld Orlando's Human Resources Building, located at 6283 Sea Harbor Drive in Orlando, Fla.

CAPACITY FIELD SET TO FLY AT TINKER BELL HALF MARATHON AT DISNEYLAND THIS WEEKEND

More Than 19,500 Runners Participate in Weekend Races

What: More than 14,000 mostly women runners (2,000 more than 2012) are set to run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. This popular women-focused race sold out in 29 days. The 13.1-mile course takes runners through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the streets of Anaheim, and features colorful runner costumes, Disney entertainment and characters. Runners completing the race receive their wings with a commemorative Tinker Bell medal.

Race Facts:

-- More than 14,000 runners in the half (more than 5,500 runners from SoCal area); 4,500 in the 5K and 1,250 in Kids Races

-- In the half 12,459 runners are female, 1,634 are male

-- Runners represent all 50 states and 14 countries

-- Youngest participants are 14, the oldest is 77

Where: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

When:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo (open to the public): Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at Disneyland Hotel

Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races: Saturday, January 19 (5K Starts at 5:45 am, Kids Races at 9 am)

Tinker Bell Half Marathon: Sunday, January 20. Race starts at 5 am.

January 23, 2013

Magic Kingdom A Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas - Coming This Spring

The Disney Parks Blog announced today a new interactive guest adventure for the Magic Kingdom.


A Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas
, will enable guests to explore the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland via a pirate map and magic talisman.

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The goal of this quest is to help Captain Jack locate the Treasures of the Seven Seas, and, of course, fight off the Captain Barbossa and other enemies!

Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, joins Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom as a way for guests to explore the park and have something the whole family can do while waiting for that dining reservations or FastPass time!

The game is set to debut this spring.

RELATED LINKS:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - Description, Cards and More.

AllEars Review of Sorcerers

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - Official Press Release

Epcot's Interactive Adventure: Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure

Angela Escay Flies Through Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Sets Course Record

Actor Sean Astin, "Biggest Loser" winner Ali Vincent among the more than
21,000 runners who took part in women-focused weekend of events
centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2013) - Angela Escay, from Carmichael, Calif., returned for her first race in three years following ankle surgery to win the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Escay's winning effort, 1:24:10, also set a course record for the second annual women-focused event at Disneyland. Last year, Kellie Nickerson won the inaugural event with a 1:27:52.

"It was a good feeling to get back out there and do what I love to do," Escay said. "The course was a lot of fun, run through the park. It was my first run back in three years."

"Rudy" and "The Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin and former "Biggest Loser" winner and Live Well network host Ali Vincent were among the more than 14,000 registered runners for Sunday's half marathon.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim, led runners through a character-filled 13.1-mile course at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several city of Anaheim landmarks. Runners received a commemorative Tinker Bell "wings" medal.

More than 21,000 runners participated in the weekend's events, which were geared toward health, fitness and active lifestyles for women. Along with Sunday's Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the weekend also included The Never Land 5K and runDisney kids races on Saturday. A health and fitness expo featured the latest running merchandise, products and apparel tailored for women, as well as a speaker series involving official runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and nutritionist Tara Gidus.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the second women-focused event weekend in the runDisney series. Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place at Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 22-24. Both event weekends are among the largest women-specific events in the country and designed to celebrate and promote women's empowerment, women's health and an active lifestyle.

January 24, 2013

Aquatica to Host the 4th Annual Special Olympics Florida Polar Plunge

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Take the Plunge on Saturday, February 2

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 24, 2013) - Aquatica is pleased to be hosting the fourth annual Special Olympics Florida Polar Plunge® 2013 on Saturday, February 2. Individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, families, sponsors and community members will experience heart-warming and bone chilling-extremes as they take the plunge into the cold Aquatica wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics Florida.

Hundreds of "Plungers" are expected to participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida - and there's still plenty of time to join in this unique, wacky event. In addition to jumping into cold water for a good cause, a highlight of the annual event is the array of crazy costumes Plungers are encouraged to wear in the name of fun.

You can take the Plunge individually or with a team, and everyone who raises a minimum of $100 may Plunge. For just $100 in pledges, Plungers will receive admission to Aquatica, an All-Day Food Pass, official Polar Plunge® T-shirt and two spectator passes. There are numerous incentives for individuals to raise additional funds, including tickets to Aquatica, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. In addition, plungers can stay and enjoy Aquatica all day after the event.

Plungers can create their own Plunge Web Page for friends, family and co-workers to visit and donate online. It's quick and easy through FirstGiving.com.

For full details and to register, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org/polarplunge

Aquatica 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, Florida 32821
9:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Ceremony followed by the Plunge

All proceeds support SeaWorld's long-time partner, Special Olympics Florida, which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.

January 27, 2013

Walt Disney World Moms Panel Renamed Disney Parks Moms Panel

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6th Year of Sharing the Magic Brings First-Ever Team Sports Moms and 19 New Panelists

Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 24, 2013 - Today, Disney Parks has officially given a new name to the ever-growing Walt Disney World Moms Panel: the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Along with the change in title the company announced the website's 19 newest members. New for 2013, two Team Sports Moms will join the roster to assist guests with youth sports-related travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel, located at www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com, is an online forum that serves as a resource for planning Disney Parks vacations. Whether guests are looking to kick it on the fields of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, find the best character dining experience for their family, jog around Disney theme parks with runDisney or discover the cultures of the world with Adventures by Disney, there is a panelist who can share authentic opinions and tips on almost anything and everything Disney Parks. Spanish-speaking visitors can also read and submit questions to a group of dedicated multilingual panelists.

"Since launching in 2008, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has answered countless questions from travelers considering a Disney Parks vacation," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France. "Known for their sound and practical advice, the panelists continue to be a great resource, helping even more guests make unforgettable Disney memories."

In September 2012, thousands of hopefuls from around the world submitted applications for a seat on the panel. From the many passionate applications, 19 new moms and dads have taken their seat with the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Meet the first new members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel:

- Allison Lemme; Plano, Texas (Walt Disney World) - A hospitality management professional turned stay-at-home mom, Allison spends her days specializing in serving daily doses of magic to her family of five. She also enjoys blogging and donating her time to local organizations and charities.

- Angie Gregg; Hummelstown, Pa. (Team Sports Mom) - Busy mom to two soccer-loving princesses and wife of a professional soccer coach, it's no surprise that team sports are a big deal in the Gregg household! When she's not attending a game or working as a medical coder, Angie loves to exercise and participate in races.

- Audra Anders; Dunwoody, Ga. (Team Sports Mom) - From the gridiron to the pitcher's mound, Audra loves to take on the role of team mom for her two athletic sons. The Anders family has made major-league memories at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Audra looks forward to helping others do the same!

- Courtney Bautista; Fresno, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) - As a Southern California native, Courtney "grew up Disney," making frequent visits to Disneyland Resort. Now as a parent, she looks to share the Disney lifestyle with her son and husband; as a family, they love to participate in pin trading and experience all the fabulous food options Disney has to offer.

- Derek Hoffman; Washington, D.C. (Walt Disney World) - Tax consultant by day and magic-maker by night, this Disney dad loves helping others plan memory-filled vacations. A self proclaimed "Waltophile," Derek honeymooned at the place where dreams come true and has taken semiannual trips to his "happy place" ever since.

- Jackie Gailey; Savannah, Ga. (Walt Disney World) - A perpetual spreader of Pixie Dust, Jackie incorporates Disney into all aspects of her life, and that of her husband, son and daughter. Her Disney vacation experience spans from coast to coast, and she can't wait to share her love of the Mouse on the Moms Panel.

- Jacqui Clark; Chicago, Ill. (Walt Disney World) - Jacqui lives her life by the mantra "Adventure is out there!" From domestic Disney resorts to Disneyland Paris and the decks of Disney Cruise Line, the Clark family has experienced memories and milestones a plenty with Disney. When she's not planning vacations, Jacqui works as a substitute teacher and volunteers in her community.

- Kari Krueger; College Station, Texas (Disney Vacation Club) - The words "Welcome Home!" are dear to the Krueger family. Kari and her husband became Disney Vacation Club members before the birth of their two children, taking annual vacations around the world all on their points. By day, Kari is the executive director of a non-profit, helping people with autism and other disabilities lead independent lives.

- Kimberly Lucci; Bridgewater, N.J. (Walt Disney World) - A college professor turned stay-at-home mom, Kimberly shares her love of the Mouse with her husband and daughter. She can often be found sharing her personal park-planning tips on vegetarian eating and traveling with disabilities at Disney.

- Kristen deHaan; Puebla, Mexico (Adventures by Disney/Aulani) - Originally hailing from Ontario, Canada, Kristen lives an international life with her husband and three children. Between multiple Disney Cruise Line sailings, half a dozen Adventures by Disney departures and countless Disney Vacation Club excursions, Kristen is a pro at traveling the globe with Disney.

- Mandy Milhoan; Greenville, S.C. (Walt Disney World) - As the mother of five, Mandy knows the importance of vacationing on a budget. Whether it's a romantic getaway for two, a girls weekend or full-out family vacation, Mandy uses her "bloodhound's nose for bargains" to experience Disney as often as possible.

- Marcy Galloway; Cincinnati, Ohio (Disney Cruise Line) - From first sight of the life-sized pirate schooner in their backyard, you can tell the Galloway family is up for an ocean adventure! Marcy takes the helm of her home ship, leading her husband and two children on magical Disney Cruise Line vacations.

- Miguel Olmo-Rodríguez; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (Spanish-language) - An environmental planning consultant by trade, Miguel is an avid researcher and meticulous planner - skills he uses to create unforgettable Disney vacations for his family. He is thrilled to be the first bilingual dad to answer questions in Spanish on the panel.

- Mona Leigh Guha; Columbia, Md. (Disney Vacation Club) - Her Ph.D. might be in Human Development, but most friends refer to Mona Leigh as "Dr. Disney." When she's not conducting research for the University of Maryland, Mona Leigh can be found planning Disney Vacation Club getaways for her husband and daughter.

- Raquel Cummings; Cedar Hill, Texas (Walt Disney World) - Special touches are a hallmark of every Cummings family Disney vacation. Whether they are sailing with Disney Cruise Line or enjoying Disney Parks with Disney Vacation Club points, Raquel knows that it's the little touches and lesser-known experiences that can make for big magic.

- Sherri Cuda; Crete, Ill. (Walt Disney World) - Traveling with dietary restrictions? This Midwestern mom of two and property manager is your gal! She's done Disney in every way - as a prior Cast Member, from solo trips to Grand Gatherings - sampling more than 70 dining options along the way.

- Stephanie Gibbon; Brantford, Ontario (Walt Disney World) - You can't top this Canuck on traveling to Disney! When she's not busy teaching third grade or spending quality time with her family, Stephanie loves giving advice on the best ways to cross the border and make magical memories at Disney. Parlez-vous français? She shares tips in French too!

- Wilma Norton; St. Petersburg, Fla. (Walt Disney World) - Living just 90 minutes from the Magic Kingdom gates has allowed Wilma and her family to enjoy countless Walt Disney World vacations as annual passholders. She prefers to stay on-property and has visited almost every resort, eatery and attraction the park has to offer.

- Yael Londoño; Dania Beach, Fla. (Spanish-language) - Yael is her name and pin trading is her game! This mom of three has visited Walt Disney World more than 100 times, with the goal of collecting a pin at each on-property resort. In Yael's opinion, you are never too young to experience Disney - her daughter's visit was at just 17 days old!

The new panel will be joined by select alumni panelists - representing all previous panels - to help answer the influx of Disney vacation questions submitted to the site each week. In addition to browsing answers, guests can access a variety of helpful how-to videos in both English and Spanish. Along with the new name, Disney Parks will look to revamp the Moms Panel website in 2013 with exciting new features, blog content and mobile-friendly options.

About the Disney Parks Moms Panel

The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can get tips and insights for a Disney vacation from real moms, dads and grandparents who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists in both English and Spanish, as well as gain access to other vacation-planning tools for booking a Disney vacation. Featuring just 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts 47 park-savvy panelists as a result of the popularity of the site and an ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious parents. For more information and to meet the panelists, visit www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com.

The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch Debuts New Menu and Entertainment at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Full Irish Breakfast and other brunch specialties debut with live entertainment Sunday during The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney Pleasure Island. The brunch, new for 2013, will be served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Raglan Road Master Chef Kevin Dundon presents a brunch menu brimming with Irish taste treats, and the pub's mixologists offer a selection of signature cocktails created just for The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch. Brunch guests can tuck into the chef's Full Irish Breakfast featuring sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and fried eggs with potato "roasties." Other brunch options include a Smoked Salmon Omelette or Pancakes Diaspora with crème fraiche, maple syrup and mixed berry compote. Those who prefer lunch or dinner menu items can have it their way with specialties like the Lobster Club sandwich with lobster & avocado, crispy prosciutto, watercress and citrus herb mayonnaise and Cluck Curry, chicken breast in curry broth with onions, peppers, leeks and steamed almond rice.

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When the brunch clock strikes "noon," the Raglan Road stages come alive with the rollicking good fun of Irish house band Creel and performances by the Raglan Road Dancers, a troupe of pros who dazzle crowds with their colorful costumes, foot-stomping jigs and other fancy footwork.

"'Let's get the party started' isn't an Irish phrase, but it aptly describes the spirit of a true Irish brunch back home," said Raglan Road manager Lorraine Gorham, who was born in County Mayo, west Ireland. "And that's what The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch is all about."
The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with entertainment from noon-4. Brunch entrees range from $8 to $26. Guests can call 407/938-0300 for reservations or just stop by to grab a table.

During any visit to Raglan Road, be it brunch, lunch or dinner, guests can belly up to one of the restaurant's 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. The restaurant, a Diners' Choice 2012 award winner, is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, as well as its Shepherd's pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood, Kevin's Heavenly Ham and other popular entrees. Desserts like the Ger's Bread & Butter Pudding and the decadently chocolate Dunbrody Kiss are just as popular and also available at Sunday Brunch. Raglan Road also offers gluten-free items including scallops, fish and chips, calamari, onion rings and pasta dishes.

Owned and operated by Irish partners Paul Nolan, John Cooke and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon - famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland - Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant's warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly includes Irish house band Creel (Monday through Saturday and Sunday Brunch) and Irish musicians Johnny Norton & Justin Murphy (Sundays) plus Irish dance performances. On the pub patio, Irish musicians Sean Farrell & Shane Farrell play Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located on Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.

January 28, 2013

Walt Disney World Resort Turns Up the Romance During "True Love" Week All Part of Limited Time Magic

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- Love is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort as fairytale princesses find true love with their princes, and "happily ever after" becomes reality. It all happens during True Love Week February 11-17, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The weeklong love fest is all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks, where each week in 2013 guests will be treated to a sprinkling of Disney magic where unexpected surprises and delights enhance vacation memories.

During True Love Week, a tapestry of romance is woven throughout the resort - from limited- time Valentine's merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts - all for a limited-time only.

The weeklong event celebrates the love of friends and family, and invites couples to rekindle the flame. Here is the lineup:

-- Romantic Setting: Guests will feel the romance at every turn, as banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed décor adorn the Magic Kingdom.

-- Blushing Castle: At dusk, hues of pink, red, lavender and blue bathe Cinderella Castle with themed lighting synced to a musical melodies adding to the ambiance.

-- Dinners for Two: Candlelit dinners for two with prix fixe menus at select restaurants during the most romantic week of the year. Specially-created menus at Artist Point (Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort); The Wave of American Flavors (Disney's Contemporary Resort); Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney's Hollywood Studios); Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney's Yacht Club Resort) make an ideal setting for a romantic evening. To book visit Disneyworld.com or call 407/WDW-DINE.

-- Valentine's-themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly-designed apparel and Vinylmations available at select merchandise locations.

-- Royal Gathering: The rare opportunity to get a photo with Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting character greeting locations.

In Town Square Theater you may find Mickey and Minnie, Aurora with Phillip or Rapunzel and Flynn. Mary Poppins joins Bert in Fantasyland, while Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana meet guests in the Enchanted Glade in Liberty Square.

Romantic Photo Locations in Magic Kingdom with your Sweetie:

-- Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella's Glass Coach situated by the new Castle wall for True Love Week.
-- Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella's Wishing Well creating the perfect backdrop for a cherished moment.
-- Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza is all decked out with enchanting decor.

And more--

Romantic Touches: Long stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, the finest champagne, or scattered rose petals create a romantic scene for lovebirds, all available through the Disney florist at www.disneyflorist.com.

Elegant Oasis for Relaxation: An aromatherapy couples' massage is just the escape after a day with the kids in the theme park. Couples' massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Perfectly Princess: Join your prince for the ultimate fairytale come true with a customized Disney wedding or honeymoon getaway. More than 1,000 couples get married, or renew their wedding vows in romantic settings in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort every year. Visit disneyweddings.com for more information.

Disneyland Park in California will celebrate True Love week with similar in-park offerings. Visit Disneyland.com for updates.

Wheel of Fortune and Disney Come Together to Make Magic Memories for Contestants and At-Home Viewers

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Collaboration includes On-Air "Making Disney Memories Week" and "Wheel of Fortune Making Memories Sweepstakes"

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (January 2013) - It's "Disney Time" at Wheel of Fortune as the fun of America's Favorite Game Show and the magic of Disney come together in the game show's 30th season for a fully integrated, multiplatform collaboration including a week of shows and a sweepstakes for at-home viewers.

"Wheel of Fortune Making Disney Memories Week," airing January 28-February 1, 2013, will feature a custom set including three different scenes depicting Sleeping Beauty Castle, Cinderella Castle and the Disney Dream cruise ship. Additionally, Disney is providing iconic elements from the Disney Parks including a Disney teacup from the Mad Tea Party attraction, Lightning McQueen from the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, a pirate ship from Peter Pan's Flight and a Dumbo car from Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. And show hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White will be greeted on set by beloved Disney characters.

During the week of shows, Wheel of Fortune contestants can win Magical Vacations to Disney Parks or on Disney Cruise Line. The cars available through the 1⁄2 Car Tag game element will alternate between Honda and Chevrolet models, sponsors of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, respectively.

In preparation for the broadcast, Vanna White and the Wheel of Fortune crew went on location to shoot customized segments at Disneyland theme park, Disney California Adventure theme park, Magic Kingdom theme park, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, Epcot and the Disney Dream cruise ship.

The Wheel of Fortune Making Memories Sweepstakes encourages viewers to watch Making Disney Memories Week on Wheel of Fortune and enter each night's bonus puzzle solution at www.wheeloffortune.com. Ten winners will each enjoy a vacation for four to the winner's choice of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or the Disneyland Resort in California.

The sweepstakes will live on a co-branded mini-site, accessible via www.wheeloffortune.com that will feature links to various Disney websites as well as photo and video galleries from Vanna's shoots.

Additionally, Wheel of Fortune will be able to offer its nearly 8 million members of their loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club, the chance to find their own Happily Ever After with Disney vacation offers.

January 29, 2013

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - Super Bowl Commercial Teaser

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL releases in theaters on March 8, 2013!

Here's a sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios' OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL commercial set to air during this Sunday's game. Be sure to check out the witch and all her power as she takes over the Disney.com homepage immediately following the commercial on game day.

Visit the website: http://www.disney.com/ozthegreat

"Like" OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozthegreatandpowerful

"Follow" OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneyozmovie

January 30, 2013

RETURN TO OZ IN THE ALL-NEW SPRING ISSUE OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE ON STANDS FEBRUARY 12

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A Dazzling Behind-The-Scenes Look At Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, The 15th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen
BURBANK, Calif. - January 30, 2013 - The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney FanClub, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, "A Great and Powerful Odyssey," gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there's a sneak peek of 2014's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story. The Emerald City theme continues with a second story illuminating the many connections between Disney and Oz, including Walt Disney's early attempts to bring Oz to the big screen. The story includes rarely seen images from the Walt Disney Archives and a fond look back at Disney's 1985 release Return to Oz. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, we sit down with Imagineer Joe Rohde as he reflects on the evolution of Disney's wildest and most spiritual park. "Frozen in Time" includes concept art from the upcoming film Frozen, due in theaters this November. Walt Disney Animation Studios brings an ice-covered world tolife as Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) seeks to reverse a curse put on her kingdom by a cold-hearted snow queen (voiced by Idina Menzel), who also happens to be her sister. Disney twenty-three also offers the latest on exciting new projects from the world of Disney and a look at some celebrated classics. The spring issue: ** Celebrates the 30th anniversary of Disney Channel from the original show Good Morning Mickey through the High School Musical trilogy;

** Reveals the secrets and hidden delights to look out for when exploring New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom;

** Catches up with Bob Baker, a legendary Los Angeles puppeteer whose exquisite artistry is threaded throughout Disney history;

** Tells the story of master glass craftsmen, the Arribas brothers, who now have art in 14 (and counting) different Disney park locations around the globe.

The Disney discoveries do not stop at the end of the publication this spring. In conjunction with the release of this spring issue of Disney twenty-three on February 12, www.D23.com will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23's glossy magazine.

Only available on D23.com:

** An exclusive Q&A with Brian Henson about his first film, Return to Oz;

** An off-road tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris with the head zookeeper in celebration of Disney's Animal Kingdom's 15th anniversary;

** An in-depth look at Disney Channel's schedule, stars, and shows and an exclusive look back at the first day of programming as the Channel turns 30.

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to the doorstep of all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. The gifts for this issue are reproductions of vintage Disney Valentine's Day cards, which will be attached exclusively to member issues. This special gift will be received by members just in time for Valentine's Day.

Beginning February 12, Disney twenty-three magazine will be available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at DisneyStore.com and throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

About D23
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; and exclusive, member-only special events.

Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com or 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.

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