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June 10, 2014

Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Today


Four-day race weekend at the Disneyland Resort likely to sell out quickly; Event kicks off with nighttime Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 10, 2014) -- Runners can register today for the new Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at the Disneyland Resort. The intergalactic journey runs January 15-18, 2015. Runners can sign up at www.rundisney.com.

Jedi runners should move fast. Given the popularity of all runDisney race weekends, this transportive event will likely sell out at warp speed. In recent years, runDisney race weekends have regularly sold out in record time, and last year attracted more than 163,900 runners to Walt Disney World and Disneyland -- a 40 percent increase over the previous year, making the runDisney series one of the largest in the nation.

The Star Wars race weekend kicks off with the Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party on January 15. This private event in Tomorrowland will feature character meet-and-greets, entertainment, a dessert reception and an opportunity to ride select attractions, such as Space Mountain and Star Tours -- The Adventures Continues, Astro Orbitor, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

In addition, there will be a slew of family-friendly events throughout the race weekend, including a three-day Health and Fitness Expo, featuring the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets, plus speakers such as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutrition consultant Tara Gidus.

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is the fourth runDisney race weekend scheduled for 2015 at the Disneyland Resort, doubling the number of races held in 2013. The new event offers runners a variety of race experiences for all levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters -- the runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon. And for an ultimate test for Star Wars rebels, there's the Star Wars Rebel Challenge - a two-race challenge that combines the Star Wars 10K on Saturday with the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday. Jedi runners who finish the 19.3-mile challenge earn a special Star Wars Rebel Challenge finisher medal in addition to medals for the 10K and half marathon.

The celebratory charity for the race weekend is the Discovery Science Center, a non-profit organization that inspires and educates young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits that create a meaningful impact on the communities it serves. Contributions to the Discovery Science Center can be made at http://www.active.com/donate/SWDISCOVERYSCIENCE

WHERE: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.

WHEN: January 15-18, 2015

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
Thursday, January 15, Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17

Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15

Star Wars 5K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 16

Star Wars 10K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
5:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17

runDisney Kids Races
9 am on Saturday, January 17

Star Wars Rebel Challenge presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18

Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 18

Get Your Bad On! First Ever "Villains Unleashed" Event Scheduled for Aug. 23 at Disney's Hollywood Studios


UPDATE: JUNE 18, 2014 - Villain Guest List Announced!

Hades, Meg, Pain, Panic
Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine
J. Worthington Foulfellow, Gideon
Big Bad Wolf
Cruella De Vil
Captain Hook, Mr. Smee
Bowler Hat Guy
Queen of Hearts
Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress, Emperor Palpatine, Stormtrooper, Zam Wessell, Jango Fett


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- For the first time ever, more than 50 Disney villains will take over Disney's Hollywood Studios for Villains Unleashed on Aug. 23, 2014. This new one-night-only party will kick off at 8 p.m. and run through 1 a.m.

As a record number of Disney Villains come out of the shadows and take over the theme park, guests will encounter some of their favorite villains such as Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil, Darth Vader and the Evil Queen. They will experience a special fireworks show, dance parties and villainous food, drink and merchandise.

The celebration of wonderful wickedness will include:

-- Villainous Encounters: Interact with Disney villains roaming the park, performing on stage, dancing with guests and making mischief around every corner.
-- Fantasmic! Pre-Show: Behold the wickedness as villains takeover Fantasmic! for a deviously fun pre-show.
-- 'Villainy in the Skies' Fireworks: Villains unleash their powers into the night sky for a specially-themed fireworks display.
-- Oogie Boogie's Variety Show: Boogie down to Theater of The Stars to see Mr. Oogie Boogie host a special variety show crawling with entertainment.
-- Hades Hangout and Dance Party: Hang out with the ruler of the underworld and dance the night away with his party crew the house band Bernie Briquette with Brimstone, DJ Igg Nite and the Underworld Dancers.
-- "Star Wars" Villain Zone: Witness the power of the dark side as some of the most feared villains in the Galactic Empire patrol Disney's Hollywood Studios.
-- 'Ex-Scream' Makeovers: 'Show your Villain Side' and get your face painted to look just like your favorite Disney villain.
-- Attractions: Revel in the fun of up to 10 favorite attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Tours -- The Adventure Continues. Beware of villains lurking around.
-- Villainous Food, Drink and Merchandise: Enjoy special mischievous treats and remember the night for years to come with villain-themed merchandise.

A limited number of tickets for Villains Unleashed are available now at DisneyVillainsParty.com, or call 407-939-1933.

June 26, 2014

"Frozen" Takes Center Stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - This summer, Disney's Hollywood Studios will be celebrating "Frozen," the hit animated feature film from Disney, with a daily character procession, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink, ice carving demonstrations and a nightly party featuring a live band, all themed to the worldwide phenomenon.

From July 5-Sept. 1, 2014, "Frozen Summer Fun Live!" will bring to life the world of royal sisters Anna and Elsa and their fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle. Most activities are included in theme park admission.

Special experiences will immerse guests in lots of Frozen fun. Here are some highlights (*schedule subject to change without notice):

-- Anna's & Elsa's Royal Welcome: Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, will travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is along for the fun joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best.

-- For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Inside the park's Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the history of their kingdom amidst projections, lighting and special effects. Guests will be invited to join in special sing-along moments from the film's chart-topping soundtrack. At the end of the performance, guests might find themselves becoming "Honorary Citizens of Arendelle." The 20-minute show will be presented multiple times each day.

-- Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Frozen Funland: There's a "big summer blowout" happening inside the park's Soundstage One, where Oaken - the film's trading post owner - and his cousins have created the "Frozen Funland" amidst a winter wonderland. Living up to its name, there will be plenty of frozen festivities inside the makeshift adventure park Oaken and his cousins built to make the most of the sudden snowstorm.

Part of the Oaken's Frozen Funland will be an ice skating rink with demonstrations by some of Oaken's talented cousins on the Arendelle ice.

In addition, icy artisans will put their talents on display, creating carvings of favorite "Frozen" characters from giant frozen blocks. Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" area. For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase.

Guests can take pictures with the film's animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email them or share on their social media channels.

When guests want to escape the icy atmosphere of Oaken's outpost, all they have to do is look for the door marked "Sauna," where they once again will exit to the warm Florida sun.

Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party:
From 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening, a live band will take the stage to celebrate the Frozen summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film.

Take-Along Olaf: As a special feature before the fireworks, guests will have a chance to be a part of a pre-show celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a "Take-Along Olaf." Throughout the day, Take-Along Olafs will be distributed at various locations in the park. Guests are then invited to take Olaf along with them on their Disney's Hollywood Studios adventures. By sharing their photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the big screen in this special pre-show feature.

Frozen Fireworks: At 9:45 each evening, the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Blvd. gets the full Frozen treatment with special projections of snow and ice images, in an eye-popping spectacular above Hollywood Blvd. Set to the film's soundtrack, the fireworks show will feature some special guests - including a very magical appearance from Elsa in which she will show how her powers flurry "through the air and to the ground" to produce magically icy blue and white gleaming fireworks.

More Frozen Fun! The Frozen festivities do not end at Disney's Hollywood Studios! At Magic Kingdom, fans can get immersed in these "Frozen" fantasies:

-- Meet Anna and Elsa inside Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland
-- Anna and Elsa appear in the new daytime spectacular "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade"
-- The "Celebrate the Magic" nighttime projection show transforms Cinderella Castle with visuals from "Frozen."

June 27, 2014

Two New VIP Tours at Walt Disney World


Two new tours, The Ultimate Day of Thrills - A VIP Tour Experience and The Ultimate Day for Young Families - A VIP Tour Experience, are now available for booking at Walt Disney World.

Each tour lasts six to seven hours and features rides on attractions at Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Midway Mania! and Expedition Everest. The tours also include a meal at a Walt Disney World table-service restaurant. (Note that the Ultimate Day for Young Families will include attractions specifically meant for young children, as well.)

These tours will be offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and cost $299 per person. Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney VISA Cardholders and Annual Passholders can receive a 15 percent discount.

Call 407-WDW-TOUR for more information or to book one of these tours.

source: The Disney Parks Blog

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