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January 2, 2014

2014 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Films

The slate of films being released in 2014 should not disappoint... Here's a quick look.

February 28, 2014 - The Wind Rises

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazak

March 14, 2014 - Need for Speed

Framed for a crime he didn't commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction

March 21, 2014 - Muppets Most Wanted

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

April 4, 2014 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

April 18, 2014 - Bears

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches.

May 16, 2014 - Million Dollar Arm

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

May 30, 2014 - Maleficent

The "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.

July 18, 2014 - Planes Fire & Rescue

A new comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite friefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire.

August 1, 2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy

A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats.


August 8, 2014 - The Hundred-Foot Journey

A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.

October 10, 2014 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Follow the exploits of 11 year old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life.

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November 7, 2014 - Big Hero 6

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Big Hero 6," an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated "Big Hero 6" hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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November 21, 2014 - McFarland

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

December 25, 2014 - Into the Woods

Meryl Streep ventures "Into the Woods" as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

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Disney VISA - Spring Room Offer Walt Disney World® Resort - Save up to 30%

If you are a Disney VISA cardholder, you can save up to 30% this spring at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Valid for stays most nights:
3/14/14 - 4/12/14 and 4/20/14 - 6/15/14

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* 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. Advance reservations required. No group rates or other discounts apply. Excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites and is not valid at Disney's Art of Animation Resort- The Little Mermaid rooms or The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Other restrictions may apply,

January 4, 2014

NEW “WILD DAYS” EVENT KICKS OFF THE YEAR AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Connect even deeper to animals and the wonderful world we share during Wild Days, an all-new event at SeaWorld® Orlando happening weekends January 11 through January 26, 2014. Families can enjoy three weekends of interactive shows and up-close animal encounters and meet the leaders in the world of animal rescue and rehabilitation, celebrate penguins and immerse themselves in what they love about SeaWorld - our animals!

The best way to experience Wild Days is with a 2014 SeaWorld Fun Card. During event days only, buy one Fun Card and get one FREE at the gate with any recyclable can or bottle from a Coca-Cola beverage product. Fun Card holders can enjoy unlimited access to all three weekends of Wild Days and all of the amazing special events throughout the entire year, plus the unforgettable animal encounters, world-class thrill rides and family fun found only at SeaWorld.

Wild Days includes:

January 11-12: Jack Hanna Weekend
Join "Jungle Jack" for a wild weekend of furry and feathered fun. Recognized around the world for his boundless enthusiasm for animals and conservation, Jack Hanna helps us share in his wondrous connection to wildlife and the world we share.

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January 18-19: Sea Rescue Weekend
Meet the leaders in the world of animal rescue and rehabilitation as they share incredible stories that have been featured on the national show, Sea Rescue. SeaWorld's Animal Rescue team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year to help ill or injured animals, and for nearly 40 years the team has rescued more than 23,000 animals. Featured animal rescue stories will include: turtles, flamingos, manatees, pilot whales and dolphins.

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January 25-26: Penguin Lovers' Weekend with Julie Scardina
Penguin Lovers of the world unite! Don't miss this refreshingly fun and educational weekend centered around penguins. Join SeaWorld Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina as she shares her lifelong love of animals and the parks' commitment to wildlife conservation and as well as tell stories of her trips around the globe from continent to continent.

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At Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, to celebrate the weekend, penguin lovers will have the special chance to virtually dance like a penguin, walk side by side with a penguin colony, and star in shareable Antarctica photo opportunities at the coolest "ice" block party.

And every day at SeaWorld Orlando, guests can get up close to penguins at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction that transports guests into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins' eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, and then, connect with a colony above and below the water and be inspired to make a difference.

All Wild Days shows are included with park admission with show times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at SeaWorld's Nautilus Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shows and times are subject to change without notice.

Wild Days Highlights:

New! Shamu Up Close
Celebrate the beauty and wonder of killer whales at the never-before-seen Shamu Up Close experience. It's an intimate and moving look at the whales, SeaWorld's trainers and the awe-inspiring bond between them. In this unparalleled experience, SeaWorld invites you behind the scenes into a fascinating world, with walkthrough killer whale viewing all day, complimented by even more enhanced encounters. Shamu Up Close is the living story of SeaWorld and our passionate commitment to the care of these extraordinary animals and their ocean world. This is your opportunity to be a part of SeaWorld like you never have before.

New! Trainer Talks

Learn from the SeaWorld Animal Training team what it takes to care for whales, sea lions, walruses and other animals that call SeaWorld home, and how caring for them has helped with the rescue and rehabilitation of other injured animals. Trainer Talks will take place at key locations in the park. Check park maps for times and locations.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world's most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 23,000 animals in need over the last four decades. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a registered non-profit conservation foundation, has granted more than $9 million to wildlife research and conservation projects that protect wildlife and wild places. The Fund commits 100% of donations to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts.

January 6, 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Imagineering Video and Photos

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The Disney Parks Blog unveils more details about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Imagineers Ben VanBeuskon and Mary Mac Eachin go behind the scenes to reveal more of the creative process that went into the creation of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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January 7, 2014

D23 Members Save Big With New, Exclusive Discounts And Offers From Disney And Beyond

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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!

BURBANK, Calif. - January 7, 2014 - 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 shopping, entertainment, and their next Disney adventure 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:

• 10% off all purchases of more than $50 made at Disney Store locations or on DisneyStore.com through March 31

• D23 Members-only ticket prices for Newsies on Broadway

• Savings on tickets to see The Wind Rises and Lady and the Tramp at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

• Special rates on all Disney magazines

• A member-exclusive discount on tickets to experience D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

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:

• Discounted rates at Howard Johnson Anaheim, Carousel Inn & Suites, and the Anabella Hotel located near Disneyland Resort; as well as at Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, and B Resort located near Walt Disney World Resort

• 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, as well as at the El Capitan Theatre

• 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, Catal, Uva Bar, Naples, Tortilla Joe's, Earl of Sandwich, ESPN Zone, The Pizza Press, and Tangerine Grill

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

• Terrific attractions around the country, including The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo., the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, Calif., and Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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

• Online shopping discounts at H20+, Brookstone.com, the ABC TV Store, Jelly Belly, ACME Archives, Van Eaton Galleries, Sprint, 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.

About D23
The name "D23" pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney's 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Spring Offer Save Up to 30% on Select Rooms at Walt Disney World Resort

Spring is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. This year, the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Atlanta Braves Spring Training games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the return of Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios are just a few of the things our guests have to look forward to.

If you're considering booking a spring vacation, now is the time to do so. Guests who book their resort stays now through March 31, 2014, (for vacations taking place March 14 - April 12, 2014, and April 20 - June 15, 2014) may receive up to 30% off the cost of their room. Plus, when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way package with a minimum four-day theme park tickets, you'll get one more ticket day for free.

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Muppets Most Wanted - New Video!!

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Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, "Muppets Most Wanted" hits the big screen March 21, 2014.


Southern California Residents New Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers

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Good news for Southern California residents! Once again, the Disneyland Resort has a special ticket offer just for you.

2-day ticket with your choice of one park per day for $129

2-day Park Hopper ticket for $164

3-day ticket with your choice of one park per day for $159

3-day Park Hopper ticket for $194

These 2 and 3-day ticket offers give So Cal residents the chance to explore your "Disney Side" - that playful side that emerges when you visit Disney Parks. Will you visit a princess, a Jedi or Lightning McQueen? See Radiator Springs or Mickey's Toontown? Embark on a cruise through the jungle or journey to a galaxy far, far away? What is your "Disney Side"? Find out this year at the Disneyland Resort!

Tickets are valid for admission from January 6 to June 6, 2014 (with block-out days March 31-April 20, 2014*). Southern California residents must purchase tickets by May 30, 2014. The sooner you purchase, the more time you have to return for your second or third visit!

When purchased in advance, the 3-day ticket options include one Magic Morning** early entry to Disneyland park - an extra hour of play before the park opens to the general public. This benefit is not available for tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths, so be sure to purchase online for this added benefit.
Read below for more details you'll need to know, and purchase your tickets now by clicking here!

*Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Tickets expire June 6, 2014. Blockout days of 3/31/14-4/20/14 apply. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Tickets not valid before 1/6/14. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

** Magic Morning admission currently allows admission into selected attractions to Disneyland® Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid theme park admission. To enhance the Magic Morning experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening. Magic Morning admission is based on availability and capacity. Applicable days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to restrictions and cancellation.

Adam Sanderson Named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications of The Walt Disney Company

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BURBANK, Calif., January 7, 2014-Adam Sanderson has been named senior vice president, corporate communications of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Zenia Mucha, executive vice president and chief communications officer of The Walt Disney Company. In his new role, Mr. Sanderson will oversee D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Disney Corporate Creative Resources, and the Walt Disney Archives. He will report directly to Ms. Mucha.

A 17-year Disney veteran, Mr. Sanderson most recently served as senior vice president, franchise management of Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was responsible for launching, building and sustaining franchises for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, ABC Family, ABC Entertainment Group, and ABC Daytime. Previously, he served as senior vice president, brand marketing of Disney Channels Worldwide, helping to build High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Disney Junior into franchise successes, and managing all synergy initiatives.

"Our fans and our history are two of the things that distinguish Disney, and Adam will have oversight of both with D23 and the Disney Archives," Ms. Mucha said. "His experience in brand marketing and franchise management, along with his knowledge of the Company, make him a great choice to lead this talented team."

In addition to Mr. Sanderson's appointment, Taye Shuayb has been named director of production, Disney Corporate Creative Resources, reporting directly to Mr. Sanderson. Mr. Shuayb joined Disney last August as manager of production for Disney Corporate Creative Resources, after managing creative services at both Time Warner and Comcast. Jeffrey Epstein will continue to oversee D23 public relations, marketing and fan relations, and Rebecca Cline remains director of The Walt Disney Archives.

Mr. Sanderson joined Disney in 1997 as vice president, marketing of Disney Channel, and went on to become senior vice president, marketing, of the then-named ABC Cable Networks Group. Prior to Disney, he had been vice president of promotion marketing at FX Networks Inc., promotion director at Condé Nast Traveler, and president and founder of Sanderson Associates, an entertainment-marketing firm.

Mr. Sanderson graduated from the University of Albany with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

January 10, 2014

Groundbreaking for AVATAR-Inspired Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Using Na'vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na'vi, (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; a Na'vi; Jon Landau, AVATAR Producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose Jan. 8, 2014 during the ceremonial groundbreaking of an AVATAR-inspired land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The multi-year and largest expansion in Disney's Animal Kingdom history, the new land will invite Walt Disney World Resort guests to experience the wonders of Pandora when they fly with the banshees, encounter the Na'vi and explore a rich cultural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.


January 14, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade - Maleficent

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Details are slowly emerging about the new Magic Kingdom Parade called Festival of Fantasy, which will debut this spring. The new parade celebrates Fantasyland and the floats bring to life characters that can be found in Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled.

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The Maleficent float is 35 feet long and 26 feet high. Michael Curry, a Tony Award Winner, is collaborating with Walt Disney World on this parade. Previously he worked with Disney Parks on the Tapestry of Nations parade and Finding Nemo the Musical.

Here are some additional photographs released by Disney Parks Blog:

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Muppets Most Wanted - Fans Outraged Video!

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Fans across the internet are outraged that Muppets Most Wanted wasn't nominated for over 247 awards. See some of the chatter in this new video and see Muppets Most Wanted, coming to theaters March 21.


January 18, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year

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The Year of the Horse Celebration takes place at the Disney California Adventure park from January 31-February 2nd. Between 11am and 5pm each day, the Paradise Gardens celebrate family traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

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In addition to Disney characters like Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, a Chinese dragon dance group, lion dances and Korean and Vietnamese dance groups join the celebration.

Fun for guests include making paper lanterns, discovering your Zodiac animal and writing wishes of good fortune and happiness for families and friends.

2014 Nature Events at Walt Disney World

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Lions, Tigers, Bears and More Celebrated at
2014 Families and Nature Events at the Walt Disney World Resort

Throughout 2014 the Disney Animal Program team has events planned at both Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.

According to Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks, "The goal of each is to provide kids and families with a special opportunity to connect with nature, talk to our animal experts, and learn more about some of the fantastic creatures with whom we share our planet."


Here is the schedule for 2014.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom:

March 4: Spring Forward for Amphibians Day - Just a few days before we adjust our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time, we're "springing forward" to celebrate frogs, toads and other amphibians.

April 22: Party for the Planet in celebration of Earth Day - Every day is a Party for the Planet at Disney's Animal Kingdom, as guests and cast members join together to celebrate the wonders of nature, but, on Earth Day, there will be even more natural magic. Included is a celebration of the release of Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears," in theaters April 18, which showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

May 6: International Migratory Bird Day - Time to celebrate of one the wonders of nature - bird migration - and the ways we can help protect birds on their journeys.

May 20: World Turtle Day - Turtles are fascinating creatures, and really cool dudes, too - just ask Crush! Both Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends celebrate turtles with special activities.

June 10: Pollinator Day - butterflies, bees and other pollinators are the stars of this celebration.

July 29: Big Cat Day - It's all about the largest cats, like lions and tigers - cats to whom you wouldn't want to say, "here, kitty, kitty."

August 5: Primate Day - The perfect place to find out what a 400-pound gorilla and a one-pound cotton-top tamarin have in common.

September 23: Elephant and Rhino Day - Learn fun facts and important conservation information about magnificent and endangered elephants and rhinos.

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot:

April 22: Earth Day Celebration - It's an ocean of fun at The Seas on Earth Day as this Earth Day celebration focuses on marine animals.

May 20: World Turtle Day - See the magnificent sea turtles swim by in the main aquarium and find out what each of us can do to keep turtles safe in the wild.

June 4: World Oceans Day - Join Nemo, Dory, Crush and the rest of the gang in celebrating the wonders of the oceans.

January 21, 2014

D23 Announces Member Events for 2014

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D23 UNLOCKS THE MAGIC OF DISNEY WITH A NEW YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEMBER EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

In 2014, The Official Disney Fan Club Will Travel to New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Other Cities as Well as Walt Disney World Resort

BURBANK, Calif. -- January 21, 2014 -- This year, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country with a wide array of uniquely magical Disney experiences for members.

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DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND
presented by H20 Plus

Walt Disney once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." It's in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit "or revisit"some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 at Walt Disney World Resort, will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it's a small world and Carousel of Progress.

MARY POPPINS 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: On August 24, 2014 - nearly 50 years to the day on which this beloved classic premiered D23 will celebrate with a very special screening event.

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D23'S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road, visiting cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, D23's Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Seattle, New York, and other cities in fall 2014. Fanniversary 2014 will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney's Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, and many more. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices and surprises created for D23 Members in attendance.

D23'S LUNCH WITH A LEGEND: A limited number of D23 Members will join Disney Legend Marty Sklar for a private luncheon on The Walt Disney Studios lot, where Marty will talk about his extraordinary 54-year career with Disney. Look for additional "Legendary" lunches later this year.

DISNEY STORE MEMBER MIXERS: After giving members a peek at the reimagined stores in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, California, and Nevada in 2013, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games and goodies.


MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE:
The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, Calif., will open its doors to D23 Members on April 26, June 21, and other dates throughout the year, with special guests and surprises. Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts' creative "think tank."

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT: Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular movie screenings inside the historic Studio Theatre at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The 2014 roster includes Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and The Little Mermaid.

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES: D23's members-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks as well as showcasing many of the external locations used for filming Saving Mr. Banks. Tours will take place March 22, May 31, August 2, and November 8.

SIGNATURE EVENTS: Look for the return of some favorites, including the popular holiday offering DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December), as well as other D23 traditions.

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23's lineup of 2014 special events can be found on the Fan Club's website at www.D23.com/events. All events and dates are subject to change.

Current event calendar:
• January 31: D23's Lunch with a Legend - Marty Sklar, Burbank, Calif.
February 15: The Jungle Book, Burbank, Calif.
• March 22: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
• April 26: Mickey's of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
• May 31: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
• June 21: Mickey's of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
• July 26 & 27: Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H20+, Walt Disney World Resort
• August 2: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
• August 24: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Celebration, Los Angeles Area
• Fall: D23's 2014 Disney Fanniversary Celebration, locations to be announced mid-2014
• September 13: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Burbank, Calif.
• October 11: Sleeping Beauty, Burbank, Calif.
• November 8: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
• November 15: The Little Mermaid, Burbank, Calif.
• December: Disney and Dickens, Burbank, Calif.

About D23
The name "D23" pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney's more than 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.


Fans can join D23
at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Behind the Scenes Video Festival of Fantasy Parade

The Disney Parks Blog has released a "Behind the Scenes" Video of the new Festival of Fantasy Parade coming to the Magic Kingdom this spring!

Read more about this exciting new parade!

January 24, 2014

Celebrate Your Team's Conference Football Championship at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Seattle and Denver fans can celebrate their teams' successful seasons with a free night at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, while the residents of the champion's state will be able to celebrate in style with a free room upgrade!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - January 23, 2014 - The winners of this year's big game between Seattle and Denver will celebrate their victory in style -- and now their fans can, too. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, is once again rewarding fans with the "I'm off to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel!" deal for residents of each team's state.

Residents of both Washington and Colorado will receive a free night at the Walt Disney World hotel when booking two nights at the standard price before Feb. 28 for stays through Feb. 3, 2015.

Additionally, there is even more in store for the champion of the big game. Residents of that team's state will get to celebrate in upgraded accommodations, as they will receive a complimentary automatic room upgrade.

While staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, fans also can enjoy a championship-caliber meal at any of the 17 restaurants and lounges located in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, including Shula's Steak House, the restaurant of the NFL's winningest coach, Don Shula.

There's no better place to celebrate a team's victory than the place known for championship celebrations.

For additional information or to make reservations guests can call 1-800-227-1500 and mention their home state -- Washington or Colorado. Details of the offer are also available online at http://swandolphin.com/offers/biggame/. Guests must have valid appropriate state identification to present upon check-in. Based on rate schedule availability. Offer is not valid Dec. 22 - 31, 2014. Taxes, resort services fee and gratuities not included. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, or for existing reservations or groups.


January 28, 2014

Doc McStuffins and Sofia Now at Disney Junior Play 'n' Dine

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Doc McStuffins and Sofia are now at Disney Hollywood Studios Hollywood and Vine.

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They have joined Handy Mandy and Jake from the Neverland Pirates.

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A new musical number is now part of the show and the characters invite all the kids to join them in the dance.

The characters appear and breakfast and lunch each day!

Check out the video of Sophia when she first appeared at last summer's D23 Expo.

Maleficent Sneak Peek at New Lana Del Ray Song

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Reimagining of the Classic Disney Tune "Once Upon a Dream"

Burbank, Calif. (January 26, 2014) - A never-before-heard Lana Del Rey rendition of "Once Upon a Dream" was unveiled as part of a 90-second sneak peek of Disney's "Maleficent" during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards® on Sunday, January 26. "Maleficent" releases in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

Award-winning, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey has recorded a unique reimagining of the renowned fairy-tale tune from Disney's classic animated film "Sleeping Beauty," which will feature in the end credits of the upcoming Disney film.

Lana Del Rey's "Once Upon a Dream" is free for a limited time, only on Google Play, Google's online store offering digital music, movies, books, games and more. The song was made available as a free download today and will be available exclusively on Google Play through Monday, February 3rd.

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

"Maleficent" is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. "Maleficent" opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

January 30, 2014

Disney Vacation Club Annual Pass Discounts

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The Disney Vacation Club has new discounts for three types of Annual Passports beginning February 6, 2014: WDW Premium Annual Pass, Disneyland Annual Pass, and the bi-coastal Disney Premier Passport!!

Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass

Theme Park ticket discounts are the most-requested of all Member perks, and Disney Vacation Club is thrilled to deliver on that request with three Annual Pass discounts available for purchase starting February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Enhance your vacation experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy limited time savings on Walt Disney World Premium Annual passes. Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of this special offer February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass: For a limited time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay just $484, saving $245 off the regular price on their Premium Annual Pass.

With a Premium Annual Pass, you'll enjoy:

Unlimited the ability to visit all Walt Disney World Theme Parks on the same day
Water Parks
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park
Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course
Parking
Access to special Passholder events
No blockout dates all year

To purchase the Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass, Members can visit the online Ticket Store (available February 6th), call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 or (407)566-3800, or visit any Walt Disney World Vacation Planning or Guest Relations window. But hurry, this special Member pricing is only available until April 30, 2014.

Please call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to find out more.

Disney Premier Passport

Discover vacation magic at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California with Membership Magic savings.

For the first time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay a discounted rate of $849, saving $130 off the regular price on their Disney Premier Passport.
With a Disney Premier Passport, you'll enjoy:

Same-day access to all Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Parks
Parking
No blockout dates
And more!

Members can purchase a Disney Premier Passport at one of the following Disney Parks locations:

Disneyland Resort: Theme park ticket booths
Walt Disney World Resort: Guest Relations windows

Even if you've already purchased one, you can still take advantage of these limited-time savings. Purchase before April 30, 2014, and you can activate your new Pass or Passport when your old one expires.

Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports

Discover limited time savings on Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports for Disney Vacation Club Members at The Happiest Place on Earth. Enjoy an enhanced vacation experience at Disneyland Resort when you take advantage of this special offer available February 6 through April 30, 2014.

Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports: For the first time, Disney Vacation Club Members can pay a discounted rate of $429, saving $70 off the regular price on their Deluxe Annual Passport.
With a Deluxe Annual Passport, you'll enjoy:

315-day access in a year to both Disneyland Theme Parks
Same day Park Hopping

To purchase the Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passport, Members can visit the online Ticket Store (available February 6th) or visit any Disneyland Resort theme park ticket booth.

Even if you've already purchased one, you can still take advantage of these limited-time savings. Purchase before April 30, 2014, and you can activate your new Pass or Passport when your old one expires.

Disney Vacation Club Announces Tastes in Culinary Magic

Delight your senses during magical dinner experiences featuring delicate dishes, regional wines and craft beers, and a live introduction from a culinary insider "taking place on select Thursdays.

Bookings Begin February 6, 2014

Intimate Dining at Its Finest

Recognizing that culinary adventures play a bigger role than ever in travel plans, Disney Vacation Club has joined forces with several renowned Walt Disney World Resort chefs to create a series of magical dining experiences intended solely for Members and their guests.

Set within select premier restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort, these carefully crafted, fixed-price dinners provide Members with an opportunity to enjoy a cozy occasion "featuring exquisite foods and expertly chosen wines or beers, in addition to a live presentation from a culinary specialist.

Each Culinary Magic experience has been designed to feel as intimate as possible "with attendance limited, depending on the location" and takes place on the following dates:


February 27, 2014

Location: Flying Fish
Number of Guests: 40
Hosted by: Renowned Wine Expert
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Price: $165
View Menu

March 13, 2014

Location: Cítricos
Number of Guests: 50
Hosted by: Renowned Wine Expert
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Price: $155
View Menu

March 27, 2014

Location:Artist Point
Number of Guests: 50
Hosted by: Renowned Wine Expert
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Price: $165
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For reservations or more information, please call Member Services. And don't forget to check out each evening's menu prior to your arrival!

Please note the following:

Full payment for Culinary Magic experiences must be made via credit card at time of booking.
Gratuity included, plus tax

There is a 1-day cancellation policy. The full price will be charged or forfeited for no shows and cancellations that occur with less than 1 day notice.

Disney Dining Plan entitlements will not be accepted as payment.

All dinners and menus are subject to change or cancellation.

Culinary Magic experiences are not eligible for any additional special offers or discounts, including the DVC Member 10% food and beverage discount.

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