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June 3, 2017

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March 26, 2017

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors Extends Robert A. Iger’s Contract as Chairman and CEO to July 2, 2019

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BURBANK, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) --The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Board of Directors announced today that it has extended Robert A. Iger’s contract as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to July 2, 2019.

“Given Bob Iger’s outstanding leadership, his record of success in a changing media landscape, and his clear strategic vision for Disney’s future, it is obvious that the Company and its shareholders will be best served by his continued leadership as the Board conducts the robust process of identifying a successor and ensuring a smooth transition,” said Orin C. Smith, Independent Lead Director of the Disney Board.

Mr. Smith continued: “Mr. Iger has led The Walt Disney Company to unprecedented success during his 11 years as CEO, driving Disney to new creative heights, expanding the Company’s global reach, fostering technological innovation, and delivering year-after-year of record financial results. During his tenure, Mr. Iger has created enormous value for shareholders, with total shareholder return of 448%, compared to 144% for the S&P 500, and a dramatic increase in the Company’s market capitalization to $177 billion from $46 billion.”

“Leading this great company is a tremendous privilege, and I am honored to have been asked to continue serving as CEO through July 2, 2019,” Mr. Iger said. “Even with the incredible success the Company has achieved, I am confident that Disney’s best days are still ahead, and I look forward to continuing to build on our proven strategy for growth while working with the Board to identify a successor as CEO and ensure a successful transition.”

Details of the agreement will be included in a Form 8-K filed today.

Since Mr. Iger, 66, became CEO, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the “Most Reputable Companies” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2017); one of “America's Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine (2009-2017); one of the “World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron’s (2009-2016); one of the “Best Places to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010); and as “Company of the Year” by Yahoo Finance (2013).

February 22, 2017

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November 7, 2016

Three Holiday Specials Featuring Star-Studded Performances from Disney Parks and Disney|ABC Television Group

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Nov. 2, 2016–Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world’s most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorites with multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them.

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST). Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks join the festivities, performing on all three holiday specials. The multi Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning artists will light up the night singing duets from their newly released album, “Christmas Together” (Pearl Records, Inc.), plus solo performances, all from the steps of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will also perform on all three holiday specials. From iconic locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, the talented singer, songwriter and author will perform songs from her 2013 Christmas record, “Wrapped in Red,” in addition to one of her most popular hit songs.

On each of the specials, ABC and Disney Channel stars will also grant wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, part of Disney’s “Share the Joy” campaign, inspiring families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

“Disney Channel Holiday Hits,” an album featuring holiday songs performed during “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” will be released from Walt Disney Records on Friday, November 18. The album features four songs: “Jolly to the Core,” a holiday rendition of “Rotten to the Core” from “Descendants” (performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart); “Silent Night” (performed by Sofia Carson); “This Christmas” (performed by China Anne McClain) and “Celebrate,” an original song from Forever In Your Mind.

The holiday specials are being produced by Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:

Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree” and “”

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

“Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

Musical performances include:

“Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
“Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”
“Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song.

ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on the ABC Television Network (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree.”

Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.
“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut in “Hamilton” on November 22.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

October 21, 2016

Mickey Mouse to Celebrate His Birthday with Trip Around the World

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MICKEY MOUSE TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY WITH A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
DISNEY’S BRIGHTEST STAR INVITES THE YOUNG AND YOUNG-AT-HEART TO JOIN THE PARTY.

BURBANK, Calif., October 21, 2016 — To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Mickey Mouse is embarking on a trip around the world, where he will make surprise appearances in iconic, real-world locations to delight his fans and friends. These magical moments chronicling Mickey’s global adventures will be captured and shared on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook page, culminating with the debut of a video highlighting Mickey’s travels featuring an upbeat new song, “What We Got.” The video will debut on the big day: November 18. Mickey fans are encouraged to join the celebration on social media using #HappyBirthdayMickey.

In advance of Mickey’s birthday, Disney has launched the Mickey Mouse Instagram account (@MickeyMouse). Following on the popularity of the Mickey Mouse Facebook page, which has more than 13 million followers, Mickey’s Instagram page will showcase videos and images including Mickey’s global travels, as well as his appearances in Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.

On Mickey’s birthday, select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Stores in the United States, will be distributing commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. Disneyland Park in Anaheim will host a special pre-parade birthday celebration for Mickey, and at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, characters and performers will dance in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.

Also on November 18, Disney Channel will air the Emmy®-winning new Mickey Mouse shorts throughout the day and premiere two new cartoon series featuring Mickey Mouse. On Mickey Meows Club, the feline hosts of a web-based talk show provide their own “cat”-mentary on Mickey’s incredible performances in their favorite shorts. Mickey’s How Not To will provide viewers with a humorous series of informative tips on how not to do things, using Mickey’s funniest fails and moments from the latest cartoons. Plus, that day Disney Junior will debut the teaser for the upcoming series Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

In addition, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Oh My Disney, Babble, and other Disney sites will be posting Mickey-related videos, galleries, stories, crafts, recipes, and shareables leading up to and on his birthday.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series.

June 14, 2016

Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million to OneOrlando Fund

Today, the Walt Disney Company is announcing a $1 million cash commitment to the OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist those affected by the tragic events in Orlando. Also, eligible donations from Disney employees will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”

OneOrlando Fund will provide funds and other services to individuals affected by the tragedy. The website for the new fund is www.oneorlando.org.

Walt Disney World Resort has also been working in coordination with other Central Florida agencies and leaders to provide support to those in need. In coordination with OneBlood, cast members and other employees working at Walt Disney World Resort wishing to donate blood to help victims may donate at five designated locations across the resort property.

Through an effort led by the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, Walt Disney World Resort is also providing complimentary accommodations for the families and friends of the victims.

Our hearts are with everyone impacted by this horrific event.

February 22, 2016

Disneyland Resort and Make-A-Wish Invite Fans to "Share Your Ears" to Help Grant Wishes

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Disney Parks to donate up to $1 million to Make-A-Wish

ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 22, 2016– To honor the 100,000th Disney wish granted globally, and in celebration of Disneyland Resort’s 60th Anniversary, Disneyland and Make-A-Wish® are inviting fans to Share Your Ears and share the power of a wish®.

Disney and Make-A-Wish fans around the world can make a difference for children with life-threatening medical conditions by unlocking a donation with a simple photo. Disney Parks will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish, up to a total of $1 million, for each photo taken and shared of people wearing Mickey Mouse Ears – or any creative “ears” at all. Photos can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareYourEars between now and March 14, 2016.

“For 35 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been proud to work with Make-A-Wish to make dreams come true for thousands of children, and now we’re excited to give Disney fans the opportunity to help us make a difference for even more,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Actor and Disney fan-favorite Neil Patrick Harris helped kick off the campaign in style last night during the ABC special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.” Sporting an assortment of ears and a “dazzled” Mickey Mouse Ear hat, Harris shared the importance of wish-granting and the impact it makes on the lives of children and families. The exclusive dazzled Ear hat – adorned with a diamond “D” – will be part of a Make-A-Wish sweepstakes campaign to raise additional funds for wish-granting.

Guests visiting Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, can also purchase collectible 60th Anniversary Ear Hats that say “Wishes Really Do Come True.” Only 7,500 hats will be sold, and all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish – up to an additional $150,000.

Nearly 8,000 Disney-related wishes are granted worldwide every year – including experiences at Disney theme parks, voyages on Disney Cruise Line, meetings with Disney characters, and visits to TV and movie sets – making Disney the most popular request by Make-A-Wish children.

“The Share Your Ears campaign captures the excitement and creativity that we all associate with Disney. Since the very first wish, Disney has provided wish kids and their families with experiences beyond their wildest imaginations,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International added, “Disney continues to surprise us with its ingenuity and generosity, allowing its guests and fans around the world to share in Disney’s passion for our mission. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

For more information, visit www.ShareYourEars.org.

January 16, 2016

New Head of Walt Disney Imagineering Bob Weis

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According to an article in the Orange County Register, Bob Weis is the new president of Walt Disney Imagineering. Bruce Vaughn, the former Chief Creative Executive, will aid in the transition and then leave the company. Craig Russell, who served as co-executive with Vaughn, will now focus on Project Execution and Integration around the world.

Bob Weis has been leading the efforts in Shangahi Disneyland. Prior to that he was the creative lead for the Disney California Adventure rehabilitation. Other credits for Weis include the Tower of Terror, Tokyo Disney Sea and the Disney/MGM Studios.

March 12, 2015

News from Disney's Stockholder Meeting

Disney's annual stockholder meeting was held March 12, 2015 in San Francisco.

Several announcements were made including:

There will be a Frozen sequel. "We enjoyed making 'Frozen Fever' so much and being back in that world with those characters," Lasseter said. "Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we're taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that."

The next 2 Star Wars Films -- Rogue One, a new Star Wars spinoff movie, in theaters December 2016, and Episode VIII, in theaters May 2017.

Name change for Disney's Hollywood Studios - in response to a question by a youngster, CEO Bob Iger confirmed there will be a name change to the Walt Disney World theme park. For those keeping track, this will be the third name for what was originally called Disney's MGM Studios.

Shanghai Disneyland's grand opening will be Spring 2016.

February 23, 2015

Bob Chapek Named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

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BURBANK, Calif.-Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company's consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.

"Under Bob's leadership, Consumer Products has seen great success, focusing on brands and a franchise-driven strategy while launching new products and retail experiences that combine technological innovation and creativity," Mr. Iger said. "He is an experienced and versatile executive well-suited to lead Parks and Resorts into the future."

As Chairman of Parks and Resorts, Mr. Chapek succeeds Mr. Staggs, who was named Disney's Chief Operating Officer earlier this month. Mr. Chapek will report to both Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs.

"Bob is stepping into this role at an incredibly dynamic and exciting time for our Parks and Resorts business," Mr. Staggs said. "The ongoing construction of Shanghai Disney Resort as well as the new Avatar-themed land at Walt Disney World continues an era of unprecedented growth and historic expansion."

"I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had during my years at Disney, and am thrilled to join the incredible Disney Parks organization," Mr. Chapek said. "I look forward to working with the remarkably talented team dedicated to creating magical memories for millions of guests around the world." A successor to Mr. Chapek at Disney Consumer Products will be named at a later date.

Prior to leading Disney Consumer Products, Mr. Chapek served as President of Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios from 2009 to 2011, and was responsible for overseeing the Studios' overall content distribution strategy across multiple platforms including theatrical exhibition, home entertainment, pay TV, digital entertainment and new media. He also served as President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where he spearheaded the successful "vault strategy" for the company's iconic films and transformed the primary format of home entertainment from DVD to Blu-ray.

Before joining Disney in 1993, Mr. Chapek worked in brand management at H.J. Heinz Company and in advertising at J. Walter Thompson.

Mr. Chapek earned a B.S. in Microbiology at Indiana University Bloomington and an MBA from Michigan State University.

August 1, 2014

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Appoints Two Senior Executives to New Roles

BURBANK, Calif. (July 31, 2014) - Today Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced it has named Philippe Gas general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, and Tom Wolber président of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company of Disneyland Paris.

"One of our greatest assets is the global strength of our teams," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Both Philippe and Tom are seasoned Disney veterans with a tremendous combination of leadership skills, business acumen, and international experience that will help ensure that we carry on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences for our guests. They bring an incredible depth of operational experience to their respective roles and are well positioned to contribute to the future success of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris."

Gas has more than two decades of experience in a number of key leadership positions around the world, including significant experience throughout Asia-Pacific where he led human resources for The Walt Disney Company, overseeing the strategy for thirteen countries in Asia. Under his leadership as président of Euro Disney S.A.S., Disneyland Paris solidified its position as Europe's most popular tourist destination. Philippe oversaw the renegotiation of the land development plan between the resort and the French state and helped finalize the partnership for Villages Nature, Europe's leading eco-tourism destination. Throughout his career, Gas has maintained strong relationships with government and community partners.

Wolber returns to Disneyland Paris, which he helped to open in 1992 and brings more than 20 years of wide-ranging operations experience including leadership positions at Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris. He most recently served as the head of Walt Disney World Resort and Transportation Operations, overseeing all of the 28 resort hotels and the property's extensive transportation network. He has also overseen a number of complex expansion projects, including the successful launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships and was instrumental in the Disney Springs master plan and the continued growth of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' sports business.

Both appointments are effective in September.

January 7, 2014

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.

October 8, 2013

New Disney Parks Vine Account Launches With Special Contest for Social Media-Savvy Fans


Starting October 1, 2013, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to Celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which features both original and user-generated video content. Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a "Vine Your Disney Side" contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (October 1, 2013) - Everyone has a Disney Side. It comes out when they let loose at a Disney Park, celebrate their inner pirate or princess, and meet Mickey Mouse again and again. Starting today, Disney Parks is giving social media-savvy theme park fans a new way to celebrate their Disney Side with the launch of an official Disney Parks Vine account, which will feature both original and user-generated video content.

Disney Parks will celebrate the account's launch with a "Vine Your Disney Side" contest that encourages Viners to create six-second films that celebrate their unique interest in Disney theme parks, characters and more. Starting today, Vine users who create videos that show their Disney Side can include the tag #DisneySideContest for a chance to appear on the Disney Parks' Vine account. Selected videos will begin appearing on the channel Oct. 7, with each featured filmmaker selected receiving $1,000. The creator of each video featured will also receive the chance to win a vacation to Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort and a $10,000 commission to create a series of Disney Side videos.

"We're excited to announce our presence on Vine and believe this channel is a great fit considering the fun spirit of our parks and resorts, which serve as amazing locations for visual storytelling," said Christie Volastro, vice president of Global Digital Marketing for Disney Destinations. "We're looking forward to using this channel to showcase original Vine content and recognize Disney fans by sharing some of the most creative Disney Parks inspired user-generated content out there."

The Disney Parks Vine account adds to the company's stable of successful social media channels that reaches a global audience of 40 million Disney fans combined.

"As a mother of three young girls, I tap into my Disney Side quite frequently - my daughters never let me forget that there is an inner princess to be celebrated every day," said Jennifer Prince, director, Media and Entertainment at Twitter. "We are thrilled to partner with Disney in bringing that 'Disney Side' to life through the tight-knit, highly creative Vine community."

For more information on the "Vine Your Disney Side" contest and to see the entire list of rules and regulations, visit DisneySideContest.com.

January 28, 2013

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 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 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.

December 25, 2012

2012 Disney Parks Christmas Parade

Tune in to ABC on December 25th for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Check your local listings for air times.

December 22, 2012

Celebrating 60 Years of Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative center behind Disney's theme parks, resorts, cruise ships and our other family entertainment experiences, turned 60 this week. Originally established to conceive, plan and build Disneyland, Walt's "backyard laboratory" now comprises 1,400 Imagineers who carry on a great legacy and commitment to bringing our iconic stories and characters to life in ways that constantly surprise and delight our guests. It's incredible to think that what began as a small team in a few buildings in Burbank was the genesis of all of our travel and leisure businesses across the globe.

December 4, 2012

Tune in to the Magic on Christmas Morning! The 29th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Airs December 25 on the ABC Television Network

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Lady Antebellum Headlines Star-Studded Special with Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, Brad Paisley, Yolanda Adams, Classic Holiday Characters & Favorite Disney Friends

Anaheim, Calif. and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,: Dec. 3, 2012 - Music, magic and merriment come together when Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida present the 29th annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" holiday TV special, airing December 25 on the ABC Television Network. Hosts Nick Cannon and Mario Lopez, along with co-host Maria Menounos, lead the two-hour telecast with GRAMMY® Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum headlining the seasonal celebration. Joining the trio during the coast-to-coast party are international superstars Backstreet Boys, soulful pop songstress Colbie Caillat, two-time CMA Award winner Brad Paisley, Christian music chart-topper TobyMac, American Idol Season 11 champion Phillip Phillips, Gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Disney Channel star Ross Lynch.

The award-winning television spectacular also features special appearances by Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould and Aubrey Emmons-Anderson from ABC's hit comedy Modern Family, actor Patrick Warburton, Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, and the popular pint-sized duo from daytime TV, Sophia Grace & Rosie. Travel expert and television personality Samantha Brown checks in throughout the program, filling families in on the fun they can experience at Disney Parks in the upcoming year. Brown also will share other ways to vacation with Disney, including Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line.

Don't Miss a Moment of the Magic!

Tune-in times are as follows, on the ABC Television Network (check local listings):

v Eastern Standard Time: 10 a.m.-noon

v Central, Mountain, Pacific Standard Time: 9-11 a.m.

The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network.

Viewers can visit disney.go.com/christmasparade for updates on the show and join the social media conversation before and during the telecast with the hashtag, #DisneyParade.

Star-Studded Sounds of the Season:

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From country crooners to princes of pop, some of today's top musical talents lend their voices to celebrate the holidays in this year's Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special:

v Country/pop supergroup Lady Antebellum shares a song from their brand-new holiday album, On This Winter's Night;

v Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Backstreet Boys are back - just in time for the holidays - with a new single "It's Christmas Time Again";

v Acoustic queen Colbie Caillat shares a sun-drenched ballad from her newest album, Christmas in the Sand;

v Country superstar Brad Paisley joins his pals Lightning McQueen and Mater for a revved-up performance in the brand-new Cars Land at Disneyland Resort.

v Musician/actor Ross Lynch, from the Disney Channel hit show "Austin and Ally," keeps the party jumping with his high-energy tune, "Christmas Soul."

v Christian rock chart-topper TobyMac takes the stage in Disneyland Park to perform his hit tune, "Christmas This Year."

v "American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performs the Christmas classic, "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

v Gospel legend Yolanda Adams belts out a rendition of the inspirational tune, "Joy To The World."

v Cast members from Disney's Newsies: The Musical, "carry the banner" down Main Street, U.S.A., with a performance from the Tony® Award-winning musical;

v Olympian Gabrielle Douglas makes a golden appearance in the procession as the West Carteret High School Marching Patriots from Morehead, N.C., sounds an Olympic fanfare;

v "Pup Stars" from the new Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD holiday film "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" will help "deck the paws" with a special appearance along the parade route;

v The telecast will feature a special salute to our Armed Forces and Veterans, including: a star-spangled celebration when the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band marches down Main Street, U.S.A., led by Drum Major Gunnery Sergeant Jesse Barta.

A Christmas Fantasy Comes to Life

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From fairy tales to classic Christmas carols, Disney friends and holiday characters spread joy and good tidings through Disneyland Park in California and the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida with fanciful floats and colorful cavalcades. Some of the featured floats and Disney friends in this year's festivities include:

v Princess Merida, from the Disney-Pixar animated film "Brave," makes her holiday parade debut. The bow and arrow-wielding heroine celebrates Scottish heritage with a troupe of dancers, bagpipers and drummers;

v Popular gadget-building brothers from the smash-hit Disney XD animated series, Phineas & Ferb, dance down the parade route to greet their fans (sharp-eyed viewers also might spot the mysterious Agent P lurking about);

v Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse show off their holiday best atop an ornate Christmas Tree float, accompanied by one of Mickey's good pals, Duffy the Disney Bear;

v Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy have a "soundsational" good time, following a drum line of merry musicians;

v May the holidays be with you! Star Wars villain Darth Vader and his legion of loyal Stormtroopers land in the Disney Parks galaxy with a "Force"-ful parade march;

v Disney Princesses Tiana, Rapunzel, Mulan, Pocahontas, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Aurora, Jasmine, along with their charming princes, join the procession in regal fashion. Direct from Disney Junior, Sofia the First makes her "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" debut in a royal, horse-drawn carriage.

v It's a "pirate-palooza" as Disney Junior stars Jake and the Never Land Pirates commandeer the holiday festivities with some help from the most infamous scallywags to sail the high seas, Capt. Jack Sparrow and Capt. Barbossa from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film saga and theme park attractions;

v How about a little Hunny and Pixie Dust to start your Christmas Day? Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore lead the way on shiny sleds with Tinker Bell, her sister Periwinkle and a fleet of sparking snowflakes skating close behind;

v Viewers get a sneak-peek into Santa's factory where "Toy Story" saga stars Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and Lotso spring to life in celebration of the season;

v Longtime 'toon favorites Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow join everyone's favorite chipmunks, Chip and Dale, and Duckburg's richest resident, Scrooge McDuck, on a float of Winter Wonderland fun;

v Plenty more Disney-Pixar pals join the party, including The Incredibles, Sully, Mike & Boo from "Monsters Inc.," Dug, Russell and Carl from "Up," and Remy from "Ratatouille."

v The famous Disney Parks Toy Soldiers and Gingerbread Men join enchanted elves, pretty paper packages and stuffed-to-the-brim Christmas stockings to let everyone know that the holidays are here;

v And what would a Christmas parade be without The North Pole's most famous red-suited resident? Holiday spirit is felt in every heart when Santa Claus and his reindeer make their holly jolly way down Main Street, U.S.A.

November 2, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

October 30, 2012

DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.

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An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012. Details for the call are listed in the release.

Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise.

Acquisition continues Disney's strategic focus on creating and monetizing the world's best branded content, innovative technology and global growth to drive long-term shareholder value.

Lucasfilm to join company's global portfolio of world class brands including Disney, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC.

STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 feature film targeted for release in 2015.

Burbank, CA and San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012 - Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney's very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company's unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney's portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company's ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world's highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

Note: Additional information and comments from Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, and Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and CFO, The Walt Disney Company, regarding Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, are attached.

Investor Conference Call:

An investor conference call will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT today, October 30, 2012. To listen to the Webcast, turn your browser to /investors/events or dial in domestically at (888) 771-4371 or internationally at (847) 585-4405. For both dial-in numbers, the participant pass code is 33674546.

The discussion will be available via replay on the Disney Investor Relations website through November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, interactive media, and consumer products. Disney is a Dow 30 company with revenues of over $40 billion in its Fiscal Year 2011.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.

Founded by George Lucas in 1971, Lucasfilm is a privately held, fully-integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties; Lucasfilm Animation; and Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Additionally, Lucasfilm Singapore, produces digital animated content for film and television, as well as visual effects for feature films and multi-platform games. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

August 7, 2012

Disney Parks Unveils New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits

Last week, Disney shared two new images by photographer Annie Leibovitz from the ongoing Disney Dream Portrait series. All the portraits feature well-known celebrities transformed into the roles of famous Disney characters, and now, in a first for the series, feature characters who originated in the parks.

British comedian Russell Brand stars as Peter Pan's arch nemesis, Captain Hook, narrowly escaping the jaws of the hungry crocodile who has chased him for years. The caption reads, "Where every moment leaves you hungry for more."

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From the Haunted Mansion attraction, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel star as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, better known to millions around the world as the Hitchhiking Ghosts. The caption reads, "Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife."

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You'll find these images and more as part of a special insert in fall issues of GQ, O - The Oprah Magazine, People, People En Español, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle.

July 26, 2012

Chase Launches New Disney’s Visa Debit Card

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Year-Round Perks from Disney and no Annual Fee

NEW YORK - July 25, 2012 - Chase today announced the launch of the new Disney's Visa® Debit Card. The new card gives customers access to special Cardmember perks when visiting Walt Disney World® and the Disneyland® Resorts and when shopping at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store locations. Disney's Visa® Debit Card is available now and has no annual fee.

Disney's Visa® Debit Cardmembers will receive the following year-round perks, including:

-- 10% off on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store locations and at select locations at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort®

-- Access to a private Cardmember location at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort® where Cardmembers can meet some of their favorite Disney Characters and receive a complimentary 5 x 7 photo

-- 10% off select dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort® and Disneyland Resort® (meal period restrictions may apply)

-- 20% off the non-discounted price of select guided tours

-- $50 onboard credit when Cardmembers pay for their Disney Cruise Line® vacation in full with their Disney's Visa® Card and mention this offer

-- Access to a dedicated toll-free customer service phone number

Guests can visit DisneyDebit.com/Perks for more details on these benefits.

"Disney's Visa® Debit Card is perfect for fans of Disney who prefer to use a debit card for their everyday spending," said Ryan McInerney, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. "With no annual fee, it provides access to Cardmember perks at Disney Theme Parks and Disney Store, and offers a choice of imaginative Disney card designs."

"We are delighted to introduce this new debit card with Chase, which offers great value and a bit of fun for Disney fans and families," said Jenny Cohen, Senior Vice President of Customer Relationship Management for The Walt Disney Company. "Disney's Visa® Debit Card enables us to better serve our customers with a choice of cards through Chase."

Disney's Visa® Debit Cardmembers will receive the same security and safety benefits as the standard Chase Visa® Debit Card, including real-time fraud monitoring, free security alerts, zero liability protection, guaranteed reimbursement for unauthorized purchases and BlinkTM tap & go functionality in markets where applicable.

The Disney's Visa® Debit Card is the latest addition to the suite of Disney's Visa® Cards offered by Chase. The Disney Rewards® Visa® Credit Card was introduced in 2003 and earlier this year, Chase launched Disney's Premier Visa® Credit Card from Chase.

Chase checking customers can switch their current Chase Debit Card to a Disney's Visa® Debit Card by visiting their local branch or calling Chase Customer Service at (800) 935-9935.

Disney's Visa® Debit Card is available with all Chase checking accounts excluding High School and Access Checking. Standard eligibility requirements apply.

June 7, 2012

The Walt Disney Company Sets New Standards for Food Advertising to Kids

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BURBANK, Calif., June 5, 2012 - Building on its landmark nutrition guidelines established in 2006, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today became the first major media company to introduce new standards for food advertising on programming targeting kids and families. This significant undertaking marks the latest step in Disney's partnership with parents to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles.

Under Disney's new standards, all food and beverage products advertised, sponsored, or promoted on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, and Disney-owned online destinations oriented to families with younger children will be required by 2015 to meet Disney's nutrition guidelines. The nutrition guidelines are aligned to federal standards, promote fruit and vegetable consumption and call for limiting calories and reducing saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.

"We're proud of the impact we've had over the last six years," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "We've taken steps across our company to support better choices for families, and now we're taking the next important step forward by setting new food advertising standards for kids. The emotional connection kids have to our characters and stories gives us a unique opportunity to continue to inspire and encourage them to lead healthier lives."

Since 2006 when Disney became the first major media company to establish nutrition guidelines, the company has successfully combined its unique storytelling, beloved characters, and unparalleled reach to make healthier lifestyles for families more appealing and more fun. Disney's unmatched efforts have received critical acclaim and recognition from moms, nutrition experts, and federal regulators.

"This new initiative is truly a game changer for the health of our children," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "This is a major American company - a global brand - that is literally changing the way it does business so that our kids can lead healthier lives. With this new initiative, Disney is doing what no major media company has ever done before in the U.S. - and what I hope every company will do going forward. When it comes to the ads they show and the food they sell, they are asking themselves one simple question: "Is this good for our kids?"

"Mickey Check" Tool

In addition to its new advertising standards, Disney today introduced the "Mickey Check" tool, an icon that calls out nutritious food and menu items sold in stores, online, and at restaurants and food venues at its U.S. Parks and Resorts. By the end of 2012 the "Mickey Check" will appear on licensed foods products, on qualified recipes on Disney.com and Family.com, and on menus and select products at Disney's Parks and Resorts.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living on Vacation

In 2006, Disney pioneered new, well-balanced kids' meals served at its Parks and Resorts, which automatically include nutritious sides and beverages such as carrots and low-fat milk, unless parents opt out. Of the more than 12 million kids' meals served last year at Disney Parks and Resorts in the U.S., parents stuck with the healthier options 6 out of 10 times. Now, Disney will enhance its breakthrough efforts by further reducing sodium in kids' meals and introducing new well-balanced kids' breakfast meals.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living at Retail

Since 2006, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has sold more than two billion servings of Disney licensed fruits and vegetables in North America, and has transformed its food offerings resulting in 85 percent of all U.S. licensed products meeting the company's nutrition guidelines and only 15 percent reserved for special occasion treats. Additionally, Disney will further reduce sugar and sodium in all licensed foods.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living On-Air

Disney's iconic characters, creativity, and family entertainment platforms offer a unique position from which Disney can help make nutritious eating and physical activity fun and rewarding. Disney Magic of Healthy Living includes online resources for families, live events, as well as informative short-form programming. The on-air spots, which today reach almost 100 million households in the U.S. on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, inspire and encourage kids and families to live healthier lifestyles through better eating habits and fun activities.

Disney's 2006 nutrition policy stipulated that promotions aimed at children 12 years old and under - most notably for films - would meet specific guidelines. Since then, Disney kid-targeted film promotional campaigns feature only healthier food and beverage products.

"Making healthy eating and physical activity fun is central to creating healthier generations to come," said Dr. James O. Hill, who worked with Disney to develop its nutrition guidelines, and is executive director of the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. "Disney is using 'magic' - fun and creativity - to encourage kids and families to make positive changes, and it is working."

About Disney Magic of Healthy Living

Disney Magic of Healthy Living partners with parents and inspires kids and families to lead healthier lifestyles. This initiative includes engaging content, useful tools, as well as nutrition guidelines that pair the fun of Disney's stories and characters with a well-balanced portfolio of foods and healthier lifestyle choices. Disney's nutrition guidelines, which were first introduced in 2006, were developed with the help of experts and align to federal standards. For more information, please visit: www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/mohl

February 25, 2012

Disney Mobile Magic App Now on iPhone

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Mobile Magic, the first official Disney Parks app, is now ready for iPhone users to download for free from iTunes HERE.

Also, if you're a Verizon Wireless customer, you now have access to new premium features, including videos and games within the app.

Verizon Premium Features

-- More than 100 behind-the-scenes, seasonal, sneak peak videos.
-- 'Pirates' games that test your knowledge of the famous attraction.
-- Guess the character before the timer expires with Disney Character Puzzle.
-- Find out which character is most like you with the Disney Character Quiz.

If you haven't tried the app out yet, it offers accurate wait times as well as official Disney FASTPASS return times and availability for the park you're in. The same system that powers wait times and Disney FASTPASS in the park, powers this app. With the new iPhone version, the wait times are also integrated into the Park maps, making it easier for you to decide where to go next.

Also, there are GPS-enabled park maps to get you to your favorite characters, mobile games and more to explore, including the ability to make dining reservations.

Not an iPhone user? Disney Mobile Magic is also available on a wide variety of feature phones as well as Android phones. Read more about the app HERE.

February 22, 2012

Disney Performing Arts Launches Search for Alumni

Participants invited to showcase their unique Disney Performing Arts experiences and achievements
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (February 21, 2012) - What do television star Jennifer Morrison,School of Rock's Caitlin Hale and renowned musicians Jessy J, Mike Scheuchzer of MercyMe, and Jerry DePizzo of O.A.R. have in common? They are all distinguished alumni of Disney Performing Arts (formerly Magic Music Days).



Now the search is on for other Disney Performing Arts alumni who have achieved success in the performing arts or related careers. The new alumni search celebrates former participants of Disney Performing Arts workshops, clinics, performances and competitions. Disney wants to hear from some of the millions of students who since 1955 have marched, danced, performed or sung in Disney parks as part of music and dance ensembles. Inductees can profile their success and shine a spotlight on their school bands, dance teams, and choral and theater groups.


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Today's students will find inspiration in the stories of past Disney Performing Arts participants and learn firsthand about the value of performing arts education. These stories reflect the diverse opportunities available through performing arts, from performance-based careers such as theatre and dance, to leadership careers including talent management, marketing and promotions. The discipline and energy derived from a performing arts background can also serve as a foundation for other successful careers beyond entertainment.

One Disney Performing Arts alumnus is Tim Hill, Director of Special Programs for Disney Destinations. As part of his role, Tim oversees the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disney theme parks around the world.

"My original Disney Performing Arts experience played an important role in my career," said Hill. "In 1979, I performed with my high school band at the Walt Disney World Resort. That trip solidified my passion for music and education, though I never dreamed that I would one day lead the team responsible for the Disney Performing Arts program. I'm looking forward to hearing more stories from other alumni."

Since 1955, Disney Performing Arts has built a family of the world's most elite singers, dancers and musicians. These performers have a common bond by performing for international audiences at Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Today, millions of student performers representing all 50 U.S. states and six continents have become a part of the Disney Performing Arts family, and many have continued to have a career in music, on stage or on screen.

For more information about the Disney Performing Arts Alumni and other Disney Youth Programs, visit www.disneyyouth.com

February 12, 2012

Michelle Obama Celebrates Let’s Move! and Disney Magic of Healthy Living at Walt Disney World Resort

On a tour to celebrate the second anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to hundreds of children and parents at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex about the importance of healthy living. She also recognized the efforts of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, which partners with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids.

Michelle Obama at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

"I want to thank Disney for all that they've done to support "Let's Move" and to make sure our kids are eating right and being active," Obama told the audience before joining Disney Channel and Disney XD stars for the new dance, "The Platypus Walk," inspired by the hugely popular "Phineas and Ferb" character Perry the Platypus.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson welcomed the crowd of nearly 1,500 children and families, demonstrating his own commitment to physical fitness by completing 50 push-ups on stage.

Michelle Obama at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

After addressing the audience, Obama welcomed the children to visit five Disney Magic of Healthy Living activity stations along with Disney Channel Stars Debby Ryan ("Jessie"), Roshon Fegan ("Shake It Up"), and Disney XD stars Doc Shaw and Kelsey Chow ("Pair of Kings") and Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It"). There, professional athletes helped children hone their physical fitness skills. Children ran sprints with renowned football coach Tom Shaw, completed drills with members of the Orlando City Soccer team and practiced their tennis serve with tennis professional James Blake.

Michelle Obama at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex


Brandon Delfosse, a 13-year-old student at Orlando Science School and member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, attended the event and was pleased Obama and Disney supported healthy living. "It's very cool knowing someone cares about you. It's smart. Disney is popular, and it helps get the word out."

Disney Magic of Healthy Living provides children and families with engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences to help make healthier lifestyles simple and fun. The 2010 launch of Disney Magic of Healthy Living included a series of public service announcements featuring the first lady that inspire children to take control of their own health, fitness and nutrition, and encourage their families and friends to do the same.

For more information about the program, as well as recipes, tips and videos, visit Disney.com/TryIt and Family.com/TryIt.

Obama's Let's Move! initiative has made significant progress since launching in February 2010. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and children themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of children. Through working together with Let's Move!, these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food.

For details about the Let's Move! initiative, visit LetsMove.gov.

January 1, 2012

Leap Year 2012 Calls for ‘One More Disney Day’ As Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts Turn Feb. 29 Into 24 Hours of Nonstop Theme Park Magic

Historic Bi-Coastal Day for Disney Parks

Anaheim, Calif. and Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Jan. 1, 2012) - Disney Parks guests can get the most out of February 29 when Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California celebrate Leap Year by keeping a theme park on each coast open for 24 hours of nonstop memory-making fun.

For the first time ever, both the Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park will stay open for 24 hours straight as part of a bi-coastal salute called "One More Disney Day." From 6 a.m., February 29 to 6 a.m., March 1, 2012, local time, guests can fill the extra day of leap year with a marathon of Disney magic and fun.*

And for 60 days straight - from Jan. 1, 2012 to Feb. 29, 2012 - a daily winner will be chosen in the "Disney Parks One More Disney Day Sweepstakes" to receive a Disney Parks vacation. One entrant each day will win a vacation for four to make memories at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.**

For the past year, Disney Parks has invited guests to "let the memories begin," noted Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

"We're honored that so many guests have shared their Disney memories with us as part of 'Let the Memories Begin', and I'm pleased to announce that the campaign will continue throughout 2012," Staggs said. "To celebrate, for the first time ever, the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours on Leap Day, so that our guests can take advantage of every minute of their extra day to make memories with friends and family."

In addition to the extra time, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California will feature a special offer:

Guests get one more day and night of memory making, free when they buy a 3-night/3-day non-discounted Walt Disney Travel Co. room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort hotels. The package offer is good for arrivals most nights Feb. 26 - March 10, 2012 and must be booked by Jan. 31, 2012. ***

In 2011, Disney Parks has encouraged families to "Let the Memories Begin," with guests celebrating their only-at-Disney memories by sharing their vacation stories, photos and videos online at DisneyParks.com/memories.

Guests can find out more information about other Disneyland Resort offers and tickets at www.disneyland.com and other Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket offers at www.disneyworld.com. Guests can find out more information about "One More Disney Day" and get official rules for the "Disney Parks One More Disney Day Sweepstakes" at www.OneMoreDisneyDay.com.

November 22, 2011

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

Moves to Ensure Strategic Continuity and Seamless Succession at ESPN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disney Takes Four Themed Entertainment Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 1, 2011

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

Celebration will take place April 22-April 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 8, 2011

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors Extends Contract to 2016 for Robert A. Iger as Part of Succession Plan

Chairman John E. Pepper Jr. to Retire from Board at 2012 Shareholder Meeting

Iger to Be Named Chairman in Addition to CEO upon Pepper's Retirement

Iger to Transition from CEO to Executive Chairman in 2015 to Ensure Strategic Continuity and Seamless Succession

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors announced today it has agreed to extend Robert A. Iger's contract through June 2016 as part of the Company's ongoing succession planning.

Under the new agreement, effective Oct. 1, Iger will assume the role of chairman in addition to chief executive officer following Chairman John E. Pepper's retirement from the board at Disney's 2012 annual shareholder meeting in March. Until then, Iger will remain president and chief executive officer.

Iger will hold the positions of chairman and chief executive officer through March 31, 2015, at which time a new CEO would be named; Iger will thereafter serve as executive chairman for 15 months through June 30, 2016. Iger's current contract was set to expire on Jan. 31, 2013.

The Disney board took action at this time to secure the benefit of Iger's leadership through 2016, provide for an effective, seamless succession and management transition and a continuity of the company's corporate strategy to create long-term value for shareholders.

As provided in the company's corporate governance guidelines, the board will also select an independent lead director when Iger assumes the role of Chair immediately following the meeting in March.

"As one of the most iconic brands and preeminent companies in the world, The Walt Disney Company requires a leader with the proven ability to drive creative and financial success in a dynamic world. For more than six years, Bob Iger has proven he has that ability at the highest level," said Mr. Pepper. "The Board is delighted that the company has been able to secure the longer-term continuation of Bob's unique blend of experience and leadership skills. His ability to bring together the many parts of Disney's business against a clear and proven strategy, while instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and discipline, will continue to serve the long-term interests of shareholders."

Pepper added: "It is for these reasons - continuing the strategic direction and growth of the company while ensuring a smooth transition process to the next generation of leadership - the Board has determined that Bob should assume the additional role of Chairman."

Iger said: "No CEO could have a better counselor than John -- his impeccable integrity, vast experience, and knowledge and appreciation of Disney have been invaluable. I want to thank him for his many contributions, and his support of our people and our strategy including two of the company's most significant acquisitions in recent years - Pixar and Marvel."

"I'm privileged and grateful to lead The Walt Disney Company and our talented, dedicated team at this exciting time," Iger added. "I'm committed to increasing long-term value for shareholders and am confident we will continue to do so through the successful execution of our core strategic priorities: the creation of high quality, branded content and experiences, the use of technology, and creating growth in numerous and exciting international markets."

Since being named president and chief executive on September 30th, 2005, Iger, 60, has led the Company to record operating results while positioning Disney for the future in the global, dynamic multi-media industry. Disney's total shareholder return since October 1, 2005 is five times higher than that of the S&P 500.

During Iger's leadership tenure, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (2009, 2010, 2011); one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's (2009, 2010); and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010).

As part of the agreement, Iger's annual base salary will be $2.5 million. Iger is not receiving any up front equity award in connection with signing the new agreement. His annual bonus award will be calculated based on the Company's performance, including its operating income, return on invested capital, earnings per share and after-tax free cash flow. He will also be entitled to an annual long-term equity incentive award of options and restricted stock units, the ultimate value of which will be entirely dependent on the Company's future financial performance.

For further details, please see the Report on Form 8-K now available on Disney's corporate website, (www.disney.com/investors).

Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of the Company's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update these statements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investment or asset acquisitions or dispositions) as well as from developments beyond the Company's control. Additional factors are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 2, 2010 under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," and subsequent reports.

September 27, 2011

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 40 Years of World-Class Theme Parks and Resorts

Magic Kingdom Opening Launched Disney Empire in Central Florida

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Once upon a time, a fairy tale castle rose on the edge of a Florida town where citrus grew, egrets waded and cattle roamed. In the shadow of the blue-spired castle named for the princess Cinderella, magical lands sprouted whimsical shows and attractions for world-weary families wishing to shed their cares and embrace a day of fun and fantasy.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It was October 1, 1971, and Magic Kingdom turnstiles began to spin after three weeks of trial runs by nearly 100,000 selected guests from throughout Central Florida. Twenty-two park attractions opened, and 5,000 costumed cast members (employees) made their debut as guests took a dive aboard 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, flew through the air in flap-eared Dumbo the Flying Elephant cars and met the iconic film character who started it all - Mickey Mouse.

The Magic Kingdom premiere 40 years ago, followed three weeks later by a star-studded grand-opening event with Bob Hope, Julie Andrews and other luminaries, put Walt Disney World Resort on the map. It was the most talked-about destination in the Western world, but no one could imagine what it would become.

"There were all kinds of predictions and expectations about how it might grow, but not very many people I knew had expected that it would grow the way that it did," says Charles Ridgway, veteran Disney publicist. "I knew that there were great expectations, but when we started out, they were relatively limited expectations."

Back then, just two of the current 25 Walt Disney World themed resort hotels opened- the Contemporary and Polynesian. Not until the 1980s, when two more theme parks, a water park, a nighttime entertainment complex and multiple Disney hotels rose across the landscape, did Walt Disney World establish itself as a multi-faceted, world-class vacation destination.

Making Disney Dreams Come True

In the 40 years since guests first strolled down Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney World Resort has blazed brave new entertainment trails based on its founder's fertile imagination and his vision that the resort would always be evolving.

"Here in Florida, we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland . . . the blessing of size," Walt Disney said after the "Florida Project" was announced in 1965. "There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine."

In 1982, Epcot opened as a theme park celebrating innovation and discovery rather than as the "city of tomorrow" Walt initially had envisioned. In 1989, Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) brought Tinseltown magic to Central Florida to showcase movies, television and animated treasures from the Disney collection. In 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom first welcomed guests to explore a world of exotic, extinct and imaginary animals. The park is a fitting tribute to Walt Disney, who once lived on a farm and whose love for creatures great and small shone in his Academy Award-winning film series Tru-Life Adventures.

As each new park took root and thrived, the Magic Kingdom churned out a blizzard of pixie dust, adding thrills like the iconic Space Mountain, high-tech interactive rides like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and immersive experiences like Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. A late 20th century wave of Walt Disney Studios animated film classics inspired a treasure trove of additional Disney attractions. Beloved characters like Ariel, Simba and Nemo found homes at "Voyage of the Little Mermaid," "Festival of the Lion King," and "The Seas with Nemo & Friends."

Even in the midst of those mega-park expansions, Walt Disney Imagineers - the creative designers, architects and engineers behind each new attraction - dreamed up new water adventure parks, resort hotels, Disney Vacation Club properties, a wedding pavilion, more championship golf courses and multiple dining, sports, shopping and nighttime entertainment venues. In 1998, Disney Cruise Line would extend the Walt Disney World entertainment experience to the high seas.

Ever since the Magic Kingdom opened, celebrities from across the planet have visited. Presidents and princesses, rock stars and movie stars have been photographed at Walt Disney World. A long lineup of Super Bowl heroes like Phil Simms, Hines Ward and Emmitt Smith hopped on planes to be Magic Kingdom grand marshals after appearing in post-game "I'm Going to Disney World!" television commercials. Musicians, dancers and other talents have performed at events ranging from the yearly holiday Candlelight Processional to springtime Flower Power concerts.

Could Walt Disney have imagined the outcome when he first snapped up more than 27,000 Central Florida acres for his new themed world? Maybe. Maybe not. But he knew the potential was there when he said: "Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams that appeals to all age groups." Surely he couldn't help but be delighted to know that 60,000 well-trained cast members keep Walt Disney World Resort humming 365 days a year to welcome "kids" of all generations from around the world.

Entertainment Innovation in Action

As entertainment technology became more cutting edge, the ideas and plans of Disney's dream makers took shape in the form of innovative thrill rides and attractions. Engineers programmed the 13-story "haunted" Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios so that new thrills could be added to the storyline and the runaway elevator's drop sequence could be changed. Soarin,' at Epcot, combines an IMAX high-definition projection system with a realistic motion-based ride system to take thrill seekers young and old on an exhilarating journey across the skies of California.

Imagineers collaborated with Pixar to break new ground at Turtle Talk with Crush in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion in Epcot. Using computer graphics, digital puppetry and image projection with live improvisational banter, the attraction features a wildly popular real-time conversation between the surfer-dude turtle, Crush, from the film, "Finding Nemo," and children in the audience. No two shows are alike.

In the spring, a new 3-D version of the long-popular Star Tours attraction based on the iconic Lucasfilm "Star Wars" films debuted with immersive new twists and more than 50 different ride experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

"The things that we do as Walt Disney Imagineers are extremely complex, yet our goal is to make them look like magic to our guests," says Bruce Vaughn, WDI Chief Creative Executive. "It's a real mix of innovation and new technology blending creative imagination with technical knowhow."

Magical New Horizons

In keeping with Walt Disney's vision of an always-changing Florida entertainment kingdom, a lineup of openings is scheduled in the years ahead. In 2012, Disney's Art of Animation Resort opens and another new ship joins the Disney Cruise Line fleet. In coming years, Downtown Disney will transform into a waterfront district with a modern twist on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. The vibrant district will expand dining options by 25 percent and invite guests to explore stylish new boutiques and a lakeside park. A new shopping, dining and lodging district is slated to rise just outside Disney's western gateway, and a 900-acre luxury resort by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is on the drawing board along with an 18-hole championship golf course as well as single- and multi-family homes and vacation homes.

And one of the most anticipated projects is taking shape right now as construction progresses on the largest Magic Kingdom expansion in history. The park's Fantasyland will double in size, with initial phases beginning to open in 2012 featuring attractions based on blockbuster Disney films like "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Dumbo." When The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster opens and princesses like Aurora and Cinderella hold court at Princess Fairytale Hall, the Disney storytelling legacy will have a compelling new showcase, says Phil Holmes, vice president of Magic Kingdom park and 40-year Disney theme park veteran.

"As an opening day cast member, I'm excited to see Fantasyland further transformed into Walt Disney's original vision of a place where fairy tales come true," says Holmes, whose first park role was as a Haunted Mansion greeter. "By showcasing modern-day classics like 'Beauty and the Beast' alongside Walt's first animated feature, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' our cast members will bring these stories to life in a way like never before, creating even more wonderful memories for our guests."

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"WALT DISNEY WORLD is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney" and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place - a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."

- October 1, 1971 Dedication on Main Street, USA, by Roy O. Disney


June 24, 2011

Al Weiss Announces Retirement

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A career with The Walt Disney Company that started as a teenager and spanned nearly 39 years will end in November as Al Weiss retires as president, worldwide operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

"Al Weiss has made a profound mark on Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the accomplishments and milestones that encompass his legacy are many," said Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. "His relentless pursuit of excellence and his passion for the guest experience are unsurpassed, and have been an inspiration to many."

In addition to his accomplishments with Disney, Al has also left his mark on Central Florida, lending his expertise to the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research and Give Kids the World, among other organizations.

June 14, 2011

Disney Announces Worldwide Celebration to Honor 10th Member of the Disney Princess Royal Court, Rapunzel

'Rapunzel's royal celebration' To Take Place At Kensington Palace In London, UK

Girls From Across The Globe & Every Disney Princess Character To Join The Festivities

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney will officially welcome Rapunzel as the 10th Disney Princess character at a high profile, star-studded celebration, to take place in front of a global audience on October 2, 2011. Little princesses from across the globe will watch Rapunzel be welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana.

In a world first, Kensington Palace, London, UK, was chosen by Disney as the perfect location for this magical welcoming ceremony of a Disney Princess, as it has been the home of many real life princesses over the centuries.

"Once Rapunzel becomes an official member of the Disney Princess court, she will be celebrated and recognized as such across Disney, and will be included in all Disney Princess products featuring multiple characters, in addition to her own merchandise line. Plus, across all Disney Parks, Rapunzel will for the first time wear her royal tiara, stolen from the kingdom by Flynn Rider in the Tangled film," said Mary Beech, vice president of girls franchise development and marketing at Disney Consumer Products. "With London knowing a thing or two about bringing royal celebrations to a worldwide audience, it seemed only fitting for the city to become the stage for the celebration to welcome Rapunzel into our own Disney Princess royal court. We are inviting girls from across the globe to welcome each Disney Princess character to the Palace and celebrate with Rapunzel on her special day."

Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces has joined with Disney to help stage the event, in a collaboration that aims to encourage children all over the world to explore the stories behind the real kings, queens, princes and princesses alongside Disney's. "Our aim is to help everyone explore the stories of how monarchs and other royals have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built," said Ruth Gill, Head of Interpretation at Historic Royal Palaces. "Kensington Palace has always been a place of spectacle, beauty and majesty, and home to many inspirational real-life Princesses. We are therefore delighted to celebrate our relationship with Disney by hosting this magical event that will welcome Rapunzel as the 10th member of the Disney Princess royal court."

All ten Disney Princess characters will take part in the royal celebration and will be joined by VIPs, celebrities and little princesses from across the globe in festivities including a procession through Hyde Park, party activities and a welcoming ceremony.

Each Disney Princess character has a unique story that empowers girls to imagine and live their very own fairy tales. Rapunzel is a modern heroine - she may have lived her entire life locked inside a hidden tower but Rapunzel is no damsel in distress. The girl with 70 feet of glowing, magical hair is an energetic, inquisitive young lady who fills her days with art, books and imagination. She is full of curiosity about the outside world and can't help but feel her true destiny lies outside of the lonely tower walls.

Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is famed for its associations with Princesses. Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria, Britain's longest reigning monarch) was born at Kensington Palace on 24th May 1819 and was christened the following month in the Cupola Room. Her love for the palace ensured the renovations of the State Apartments in 1897 which were opened to the public on Queen Victoria's 80th birthday. Today, parts of Kensington Palace continue to serve as residences for members of the Royal Family. The best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales, who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981-1997.

April 8, 2011

DISNEY AND PARTNERS BREAK GROUND ON SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT


First Disney theme park to be built in mainland China

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SHANGHAI (April 8, 2011) - The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, its joint venture partner in China, have broken ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort following approval from the Chinese central government in Beijing. Both companies marked the start of construction on the first Disney resort in mainland China at a groundbreaking ceremony held earlier today.

"Today marks a significant milestone in the history of The Walt Disney Company," said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "Our Shanghai resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China. Working with our Chinese partners, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

"We're incredibly excited to build a Disney resort in Shanghai, one of the world's most vibrant cities," said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We are hard at work designing Shanghai Disneyland, which when complete will be a special place where guests of all ages will discover a world of imagination, creativity, adventure and thrills."

Today's groundbreaking ceremony paid homage to the culture and people of China. Traditional Chinese drum music, a female soloist singing in Mandarin, a 50-voice Shanghai children's choir and Mickey Mouse dressed in a traditional Chinese costume were on hand to mark this special occasion. Following the entertainment and remarks, Iger and Staggs were joined by Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng and Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng to officially break ground on the project.

The new Shanghai Disney Resort is slated to open in approximately five years.

The Shanghai Disney Resort will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new attractions and experiences tailored specifically for the people of China. The park will feature several themed lands complete with exciting, iconic Disney attractions and experiences. At the heart of the park will be an interactive Disney castle that is truly an attraction unto itself with entertainment, dining and performance experiences that will be unique to Shanghai Disneyland. The park will also contain other large-scale entertainment venues, indoor and out, that can be used for various purposes throughout the year.

A beautiful, 11 acre (46,130 square meter) green space at the center of the theme park will differentiate Shanghai Disneyland and reinforce the themes of sustainability and nature that will be integrated throughout the park. The space will also be a place where friends and family can enjoy local cultural celebrations and customs together.

On Opening Day, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be located on a 963 acre (3.9 square kilometer) site in Pudong, Shanghai, with additional room to expand in the future. At opening, the resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.

There will be an initial investment in the project of approximately 24.5 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion) to build the theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan (US$0.7 billion) to build the other aspects of the resort, including the hotels and the retail, dining and entertainment area. The investment amounts will be split between Disney and the Shanghai Shendi Group with Disney holding 43% of the shares of the owner companies and the Shanghai Shendi Group holding the remaining 57%. Financing will be proportional to ownership. In addition, a joint venture management company will be formed with Disney having a 70% stake and Shanghai Shendi Group having a 30% stake. The management company will be responsible for creating, developing and operating the resort.

April 7, 2011

"Inside Disney Weddings" Exclusive Interview with David Tutera on Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings’ Couture Collection

Couture Collection Gives Brides on a Budget Access to Tutera's Expertise

Carson City, NV. (Apr. 7, 2011) - This week's episode of "Inside Disney Weddings" features an exclusive interview with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera on his Couture Collection of Disney's
Fairy Tale Weddings.

Tutera gives "Inside Disney Weddings" details on the origin and future of the collection, which comprises four distinct wedding "looks" that offer magazine-worthy decor and Tutera's personal touch at a fraction of the cost of a celebrity wedding.

"I knew that I had the expertise and the history of doing spectacular
weddings for people who have money," says Tutera. "Now the trick was to find a way to create and develop the ideas and concepts that could be executed for girls who don't have very deep pockets. It's about making every girl feel wonderful and not feeling that they can't have something beautiful if they can't afford it. My goal is to empower women to feel amazing no matter how they look, what they do, how much money they make. They should have a wonderful wedding, and Disney can definitely execute that for them on all levels."

Hosts Scott Sheppard and Carrie Hayward also share a comprehensive overview of the Couture Collection, complete with details on how much they cost, what they require, and what the packages do-and don't- include.

About The "Inside Disney Weddings" Program

"Inside Disney Weddings" is the only program dedicated to weddings and honeymoons at the Disney parks and on the Disney Cruise Line. Each week, Scott Sheppard and Carrie Hayward take a look at what's new and exciting in the world of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. Topics range from the latest news, planning information and money-saving tips to in-depth interviews and event coverage. The program also features special guests, including industry experts and real Disney brides and grooms, along with caller Q&A, giveaways and contests.

April 5, 2011

WORLD PREMIERE CELEBRATION FOR DISNEY'S "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES" WILL BENEFIT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

STAR-STUDDED EVENT AT DISNEYLAND ON MAY 7TH MARKS FIRST-EVER 3D OUTDOOR PREMIERE

BURBANK, Calif. (April 5, 2011) -The Walt Disney Company is donating proceeds from the highly anticipated World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, it was announced today by Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. The first-ever 3D outdoor event will take place on May 7th at Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California, with all of the film's stars expected to attend along with many Hollywood celebrities.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the action-packed adventure.

Individual tickets for the premiere event are priced at $1,000 and are now available for sale at www.piratespremiere.com. Disney is donating 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

"The 3D World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' at Disneyland Park is going to be our biggest and best yet," said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Disney has been a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and we're thrilled to share such an extraordinary event with this important organization that gives so many kids a chance to embark on their own adventures."

Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis comments, "We're proud to once again serve as the host venue for another 'Pirates of the Caribbean' premiere and assist Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Millions of our guests have followed Captain Jack Sparrow's adventures on screen and here at the Disneyland Resort, and we're excited to join with The Walt Disney Studios to launch him on another journey."

The special premiere benefit event continues the longstanding relationship between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Walt Disney Company, which started more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney was made an honorary member of the organization's board of governors.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach.

In addition to the funds raised by the premiere ticket sales, Pirate's Booty, leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, has collaborated with Walt Disney Pictures to create a limited edition "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"- themed package for its best-selling product, Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar, and will be donating 5 cents to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for each bag sold between April 1 and July 31, 2011, with the goal being a $100,000 contribution.

Leaders in technology are also collaborating with Disney to make the spectacular outdoor 3D movie event possible: XPAND 3D will be leveraging their new INFINITY Large Screen System for the 3D experience, and each guest will receive a pair of Pirates of the Caribbean-branded XPAND Universal 3D glasses; Christie® will be providing their Christie CP2230 digital cinema projectors to present the movie in stunning 3D clarity; and as exclusive telecommunications sponsor for the premiere, Verizon will be integrating their technology throughout the event.

Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" opens in theaters May 20, 2011, in Disney Digital 3D™.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

March 16, 2011

The Walt Disney Company Commits US $2.5 Million in Humanitarian Aid to the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

The Company will also match employee donations to Red Cross
and Save the Children up to US$1 million

Tokyo and Burbank, Calif., March 14, 2011 The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid efforts related to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In addition, the Company will match Disney cast member and employee donations to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million total.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Japan," said Robert A. Iger, president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery."

"We are truly grateful for Disney's generosity to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan," said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Disney's support is enabling the Red Cross to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need."

The Walt Disney Company is committed to working with humanitarian organizations to help rebuild stricken communities and assist families as Japan recovers from these devastating natural disasters.

January 17, 2011

Disney Executives Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 14, 2011 - As the nation celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Dr. King's message of opportunity and inclusion resonates as strongly as ever today. Dr. King is an inspiration to many, including Disney executives across the company.

Disney leaders Eugene Campbell, vice president Minority Business Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Rilous Carter, vice president Disney's Hollywood Studios both pointed to one of Dr. King's most famous quotations as they shared their thoughts on Dr. King's legacy:

Eugene Campbell, vice president Minority Business Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" This quote above Dr. King is particularly poignant for me when I reflect on my roles within Public Affairs. I've been fortunate to lead efforts that harness Disney's treasure chest of resources and opportunities to benefit people in the communities where our businesses operate - from children in need, professional associations and diverse entrepreneurs alike. Although all that Dr. King envisioned has not yet fully come to pass, his legacy inspires me to always remain action oriented, courageous and mindful that I stand on the shoulders of those who marched, fought and sacrificed for the rights and opportunities we enjoy today. So, on this day of tribute to Dr. King, I am humbled as a beneficiary of the challenges that others faced on my behalf.

Rilous Carter, vice president, Disney's Hollywood Studios: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is " What are you doing for others?" As we celebrate his birthday we should be cognizant of this message and look to help those in need and who do not have a voice. Dr. King not only looked to help people of color, he also assisted those who suffered due to injustice and disenfranchisement. After all, as he wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives, Walt Disney World Resort: The celebration of Martin Luther King Day makes me think of my Aunt Jean, a very strong woman who taught me to use as fuel my passion for nature and wildlife. She also taught me to be willing to take risks, and to take the road less traveled, including taking every opportunity to experience and learn from other cultures-a path that led me, with a few twists, turns and detours, to my current role as vice president of Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives for Disney Parks. I'm now nearing my 14th anniversary as cast member, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity Disney has given me and my team to help families connect with wildlife, learn about nature, and take action to conserve the Earth's resources to protect the natural world for the future.

David DeLoach, general manager Entertainment Operations, Disney's Hollywood Studios: This national holiday allows me to reflect upon how one person can make a monumental difference in the lives of millions. Dr. King's passion, drive, persistence, bravery and eloquence inspire me to strive to become a better leader, American citizen and human being. Walt Disney World is a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, lifestyles and ideas. Immersion into this wonderful variety of life is, for me, priceless. I've been able to widen my view of the world and its inhabitants in a very unique, unusual and powerful way.

Perry Crawley, director, Food & Beverage Line of Business, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: Martin Luther King Day is a day we celebrate a great American. Dr. King was a man of faith who had a simple dream-everyone has the right to pursue and achieve their own dream regardless of who they are. For many years I had the dream of becoming a major decision maker for a large restaurant organization and by joining the Walt Disney Company nearly twelve years ago I was able to achieve my dream. When I reflect on how hard my grandparents worked in positions considered by many to be menial all the while thinking it was unlikely any of their descendants would have greater opportunities than they received, I am humbled. I thank God for the many blessings I have received as a result of my being a part of the Walt Disney Company.

Manny Vazquez, general manager Merchandise, Disney's Hollywood Studios: To me, paying homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is something that should be done every day. Leaders like Dr. King inspire and show us that indeed mountains can be moved. Today, our focus on fairness and equality is stronger which allows everyone to have the same chance at opportunity without prejudice. I celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the person and his legacy. I am very proud and feel blessed to be a Disney cast member. Disney has not only afforded me with a grand opportunity to continue pursuing my own goals, I am encouraged to dream, create, and inspire daily. With this in hand, my mission is to also help my fellow cast members pursue their goals and dreams. I hope to leave this as my legacy one day.

January 12, 2011

Disney Store Announces 2011 Multi-National Store Opening Slate

Disney Store's Innovative New Design to Open in Canada, Puerto Rico and New International Markets


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Store continues to break ground with plans to unveil its innovative concept store in new North American and international markets. Building on the successful launch of its interactive and immersive stores in 2010, the international specialty retail chain is on target to add more than 25 new and remodeled locations in 2011 ultimately transforming all 350+ locations in countries around the world. Today at the National Retail Federation's "Big Show" in New York City, Disney Store announced the first 11 North American and 10 European locations, and plans to reveal additional locations later this year. With a retail strategy focused on securing locations in premier mall and shopping centers, Disney Store is in prime position to deliver "the best 30 minutes of a child's day" to the more than 85 million children, families and tourists who visit it each year.

"Guests told us that we brought the magic back to Disney Store with the launch of our new design and responded by staying in the stores longer and purchasing more," said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. "The future of Disney Store is brighter than ever as we expand our reach by opening in new markets, leverage the latest technology to enhance the guest experience and improve efficiency, showcase incredible new Disney content, and bring a magical Disney experience to local communities everywhere."

In 2011, Disney Store will open newly designed stores in six new North American markets and in three new European countries:

Disney Store Locations: US, Canada & Puerto Rico

* The first newly designed Disney Store in Georgia will open in Atlanta's Perimeter Mall
* Guests in Washington will celebrate the opening of two Disney Store locations in Seattle's Westfield Southcenter mall and at Bellevue Square
* Mall of America in Minnesota, the second largest mall in the United States, will open its first ever Disney Store
* For the first time in 10 years, Puerto Rico will have its very own Disney Store when an experiential new store opens at Plaza Las Americas this summer
* The first newly designed Disney Store in Canada will open in the remodeled Square One Mall in Mississauga, Ontario and Metropolis in Vancouver, British Columbia will also open an inaugural store.
* Additionally, Disney Store will open four remodeled stores at Westfield in Culver City, CA; Palisades shopping center in West Nyack, NY; Chandler Fashion Center in Arizona, and Northstar mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Disney Store Locations: Europe

* Three new European countries will unveil a Disney Store for the very first time -- Copenhagen, Denmark, which will be the very first Disney Store in Scandinavia, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and Antwerp in Belgium
* The new Disney Store location on Oxford Street in London is expected to be a top attraction for both tourists and local guests
* Bromley and Nottingham in the UK, Lyon in France, and Naples in Italy will be remodeled to the new design
* Two Spanish locations, Cadiz in the Southwest and Las Arenas on Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, will also be remodeled locations.

To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination.

December 30, 2010

Send a Hello Stamp

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Since 1986, Pixar films have stretched the boundaries of our imagination with stories about unlikely heroes who explore the bonds of friendship and family. Now some of those heroes are the subjects of colorful new Send a Hello stamps that encourage people to connect with loved ones through the mail.

The Send a Hello stamps, which go on sale Aug. 19, are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic.

Based on that success, the Postal Service was eager to work with the Walt Disney Company again, choosing to explore the Disney*Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends.

This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).

Since the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was introduced in 2001, all seven Pixar films released since that time have been nominated and five of the seven have won, including Ratatouille, WALL*E and Up.

October 19, 2010

Disney Launches Online Search for Child to “Unlock Imagination” at Disney Store in Times Square

One Week Only to Enter Disney's Family.com Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win Ultimate New York Prize Package

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2010 - Disney announces an online contest on Family.com to win a trip to the grand opening celebration of Disney Store's Times Square, New York City location on November 9 and a starring role during the star-studded opening ceremony. The crown jewel of Disney Store's slate of store openings around the world this year, the Times Square location will be celebrated with magical festivities including celebrity appearances, live musical performances, a parade of Disney's most beloved characters and interactive experiences storewide.

Beginning October 19, Disney fans will have just one week to register online for the chance to join the fun in-person, win a $250 shopping spree, and have the distinction of their child taking the stage to turn the key to imagination and officially unlock the all-new Disney Store in Times Square.

The lucky family will also meet award winning singer Jordin Sparks during a private VIP reception after she performs Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" theme song, which she rerecorded to celebrate the 2010 release of the Blu-Ray and DVD.

To participate, families should visit www.Family.com/sweeps/disney-store between October 19-26 and register for Family.com's Disney Store Times Square Grand Opening Sweepstakes. Details will also be shared on Disney Store's Facebook page and through its Twitter feed. One lucky family of four will be notified on October 27 and then set to pack their bags for a 3-day/2-night trip to New York City (November 8-10). See www.Family.com for complete details and official rules.

The lucky winners will join VIPs, celebrities, tourists from around the world and New York guests in exploring the magical new store. Centerpieces include:

• Two-story Disney Princess Castle complete with its "talking" Magic Mirror

• Colorful Lucite trees spring up throughout the store, showcasing custom Disney content

• Disney-Pixar CARS-branded Ridemakerz interactive custom car building experience

• Disney Store Theatre that allows guests to customize their experience by selecting their favorite Disney film clips, videos, classic animation and more

To find a Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.com/press/us

September 24, 2010

Openings Grand at Sea and on Land: Disney Unwraps Magical, Memory-Making Attractions, Cruises, Resorts, Tours

NEW YORK - Nothing like a little Disney magic to make memories that last a lifetime. Just in time for "Let the Memories Begin," Disney is embarking on exciting, all-new experiences for guests that will take them over the horizon, under the sea, beyond the solar system and on bushwalks with adventure at every turn.

Before the curtain comes down on 2010, new offerings bow at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Then during 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of "Star Wars" and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of "The Little Mermaid." Meanwhile, Disney will celebrate the opening of a resort hotel in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's new and next:

At Walt Disney World Resort

New Safari Experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Early 2011)- Imagine crossing a rickety footbridge above a riverbed paved in menacing crocodiles. Or trekking through a forest for an up-close encounter with a pool of hippos. Guests wanting to venture off the beaten path at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have an exciting opportunity beginning in early 2011. A new add-on experience, Wild Africa Trek, will take small groups of adventurers on personalized, guided excursions that include a bushwalk through unexplored areas of the forest, home to many species of wildlife, along with over-landing in customized vehicles across an animal-filled savanna. On these expert-led treks, extended time will be spent observing and learning about the wildlife. To complete the journey, guests will experience a taste of Africa while viewing wildlife from a specially designed observation station.

New Epcot Dining Experiences (August, September 2010)- Culinary expansions at the Italy and Mexico pavilions treat guests to delectable discoveries. In Italy, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria called Via Napoli opened in August. Operated by Patina Restaurant Group, the same restaurateurs who run the pavilion's Tutto Italia restaurant, the 300-seat pizzeria features wood-burning ovens named for volcanoes in Italy - and uses water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world's best pizza dough. The 14,000-square-foot space includes indoor and outdoor dining. Open this month (September), the Mexico pavilion welcomes guests to La Hacienda and La Cantina de San Angel - two restaurants under one roof. La Hacienda is a 250-seat restaurant serving romantic dinners beside World Showcase Lagoon while La Cantina is a 150-seat quick-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. South-of-the-border creations from the culinary team at San Angel Inn have been an Epcot mainstay for more than 25 years.

"Disney Channel Rocks!" (Fall 2010) - A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. "Disney Channel Rocks!" will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the "High School Musical" series, "Camp Rock" and "StarStruck." The show - at Disney's Hollywood Studios - will follow a format that is similar to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!"

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) - Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the "Star Wars" galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D - for the first time.

Rapunzel Debuts in Magic Kingdom (October 2010) - Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature "Tangled," will begin greeting guests of all ages in a new interactive "play and greet" offering in Fairytale Garden this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

Taking it to the Next Level (2011) - The newly relaunched ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort continues to add more athlete enhancements in 2011 with the addition of the new Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center inside the renamed HP Field House at the complex. The creation center will allow athletes, coaches and fans to create and design an assortment of uniquely customized posters, photo albums, and materials to commemorate their sports experience.


At Sea: Disney Dream Makes Splashy 2011 Debut

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) - A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. Interior staterooms with Virtual Portholes that bring the outside in using real-time views. The Disney Dream, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to the whole family. The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on
Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will follow three-, four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers.

New Horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) - The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their local travel agent.

At Disneyland Resort

"World of Color"(June 2010) - The new nighttime water spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects. The show, which debuted in June, employs stunning technical wizardry to create a breathtaking emotional experience. This one-of-a-kind spectacular will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay. Check www.disneyland.com for show schedules and dining packages that include reserved viewing.

More Fun at Disney California Adventure (June 2010) - In addition to "World of Color," guests at Disney California Adventure enjoy the attraction Silly Symphony Swings, a Disney-flavored version of the traditional swing ride themed to the tornado finale of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Band Concert."

Rapunzel Debuts in Disneyland Park (October 2010) - Rapunzel, along with Flynn Ryder from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature "Tangled," will begin greeting guests of all ages in Fantasyland this October. The movie opens Nov. 24 in theaters nationwide.

"Disney Channel Rocks!" (Fall 2010) - A live, rock-concert-style showthat celebrates great music and great friends through hit songs from popular Disney Channel Original Movies and Series. "Disney Channel Rocks!" will blast popular music from a variety of Disney Channel hits, including the "High School Musical" series, "Camp Rock" and "StarStruck." The show - at Disney California Adventure - will follow a format that is similar to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!"

New Enhancements to Disneyland Hotel (ongoing) -Renovation will continue at Disneyland Hotel, including a new pool and water play area, enhancements to the existing pool, a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel's three guestroom towers. Two themed suites opened in 2010, the Fairy Tale and Big Thunder suites, and a third new suite is under development. They join the existing Mickey Mouse and Pirates suites.

Disney Premieres Little Mermaid attraction (2011) - Guests will be magically transported "under the sea" with the debut of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Guests will experience a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them. They will sing along with Sebastian and Flounder, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and watch the Little Mermaid fall in love. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of Disney California Adventure.

New Star Tours Adventures Are Out of This World (2011) - Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California to Coruscant, Tatooine and other destinations in the "Star Wars" galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D - for the first time.

"Mickey's Soundsational Parade" (2011) - Disney characters will stomp down Main Street, U.S.A. in a new parade at Disneyland Park. "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" brings to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films with an explosion of thrilling rhythms and bold percussion. Live musicians will amplify the fun and colorful dancers will entertain guests to the tune of a syncopated drum line, twinkling cymbals, steel drums and more. Mickey Mouse and some favorite Disney characters will encourage members of the crowd to join the giant jam session.

Goofy's Sky School (2011) - Goofy's Sky School will join the fun along Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure. The coaster attraction is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, "Goofy's Glider," and the theme is a flying academy with Goofy as the instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt

Egyptian Wonders Ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning in April 2011) - Once upon a time, there were "seven wonders of the ancient world." Today, one remains: the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and the sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise, and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents - experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.


Disney Resort Sets Hawaii Opening

Disney Says 'Aloha' (fall 2011) - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

And Beyond"

-- Cars Land, a 12-acre expansion themed to the Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars," and scheduled to open in 2012 at Disney California Adventure.

-- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, at Walt Disney World Resort, scheduled to open in late 2012 with family suites themed to Disney and Disney-Pixar animated films.

-- Disney Fantasy, the sister ship to the Disney Dream, scheduled to set sail in 2012.

-- Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, where work is underway on a multi-year expansion that is the largest in history of the flagship park at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort.

September 23, 2010

Disney Parks Vacationers Can Post Disney Memories, Possibly Appear in Disney Ads and More

You've made Disney vacation memories and captured them in photos or video. Now you intend to share them with the world by posting them online.

Disney Parks has created a place where you can share those memories and view the Disney memories of other vacationers - with the possibility that they'll be shared with yet more people in a Disney television "spot" or in print or online communications.

As Disney Parks launches "Let the Memories Begin" with communications that acknowledge making memories as "the masterpiece of parenthood," the company also has launched a website for sharing and viewing memories. Guests can upload their photos, videos and text-only memories at DisneyParks.com/Memories. They can even categorize their memories by theme, emotion and location.

The DisneyParks.com/Memories website (also available soon in Spanish and French) has a simple-to-use interface for uploading, viewing and searching Disney memories. The functionality also will be part of the Disney Parks pages on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.

Memory submission is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Choose to share your memory on DisneyParks.com/Memories; Facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld; Facebook.com/Disneyland; Youtube.com/DisneyMemories; or Myspace.com/DisneyParks.
2. Describe your memory. Memories can upload as photos, videos or text-only.
3. Then all it takes is hitting the "submit" box and, once reviewed, a lifetime Disney memory is stored and shared.


On the heels of a series of television commercials created with brief home video segments, Disney Parks is looking for more "user-generated content" for future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation-planning video segments relating to "Let the Memories Begin."

Disney Guests Become Stars of Castle Show and TV Ads As Walt Disney World and Disneyland ‘Let the Memories Begin’

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( Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Tom Staggs, TV personality Tom Bergeron and Broadway star Montego Glover join Mickey Mouse Sept. 23, 2010 in New York City for the announcement of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" campaign for 2011.)

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2010) - In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or "it's a small world" at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new "Let the Memories Begin" campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.

"A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. "We'll spotlight those 'only-at-Disney' moments with family and friends during our 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign."

A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them - nearly three-quarters said they think back "often" or "very often" on their favorite vacation experiences.

'Memories in the Making' to be Shared on Disney Park Icons

Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a "Let the Memories Begin" nighttime experience.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of "it's a small world" will be the canvas for the show.

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience - a memory in the making - and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a 'Call for Memories'

Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.

The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.

For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special "Let the Memories Begin" online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.

Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing - including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.

With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.

"We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks," Staggs said. "Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.

"A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories - and now we're helping our guests share those memories with the world.
More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011

To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.

Here's a snapshot of what's in store:

* "World of Color" (Disneyland Resort): "World of Color", the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.

* Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, "The Little Mermaid." The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.

* New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the "Star Wars" galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.

* Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.

* Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai'i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

* Adventures by Disney: In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations they never dreamed possible - including Italy, South Africa and China - with the assurance of the Disney name.

September 21, 2010

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Game for Nintendo DS™ is Available at Retail

New Nintendo DS Game Offers Enhanced Interconnectivity Elements with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Online Virtual World

BURBANK, Calif. - (September 21, 2010) - Disney Interactive Media Group today announced that Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue video game for Nintendo DS™ is now available in retail stores throughout North America. The new DS game includes new interconnectivity elements with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world (www.pixiehollow.com), which further immerses players into the Disney Fairies fantasy.

In the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue game, players can team up with familiar fairy friends to go beyond Pixie Hollow in order to bring summer back to the English Countryside, where the game takes place. The DS game offers all new adventures and exciting ways to connect with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world. For the first time ever, players can unlock exclusive items, create fairy avatars, and send postcards to their fairy friends in Pixie Hollow, all of which create an interconnected experience between the virtual world and the DS game.

"This franchise provides a unique opportunity for us to connect different platforms together in an innovative way for consumers," said Craig Relyea, senior vice president, Disney Interactive Studios. "By offering Disney Fairies fans new ways to connect across multiple devices, we're creating immersive digital experiences that further enhance their Disney Fairies experience."

Also, to celebrate the release of the game, Pixie Hollow is holding a Disney Fairies Fashion Design Contest and is asking fans to draw upon their imaginations to design a Fairy or Sparrow Man outfit inspired by the DS game. The winning designs will be brought to life as a new collection in a Pixie Hollow shop, and the winning designers will receive grand prizes that include a Nintendo DS game system, a copy of Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue DS game, and a one-month Pixie Hollow membership card.

"We are encouraging our passionate Disney Fairies online community to tap into their creativity and love of fashion to design an outfit that will be a part of the Pixie Hollow virtual world," says Jason Everett, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow product director. "With the launch of the new 'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue' animated feature and the video game, fans will have a lot of Disney Fairies content to draw from and customize."

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue for Nintendo DS arrives in stores the same day as Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue movie. The game, from Disney Interactive Studios, is Rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and available now at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

To enter the Disney Fairies Fashion Design Contest, visit the Pixie Hollow website (http://pixiehollow.go.com/contests_home.html).

July 21, 2010

Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget Serves Up Planning Information in a Fun and Creative Way for Disney-bound Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Planning that next magical Disney vacation? The newly released Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget is a free application that can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer to view news, videos, weather, park hours, events and vacation planning tips. Also included is a Disney vacation countdown clock that will tell guests the days, hours and minutes until their next Disney vacation.

Content on the app includes Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii.

With the Disney Vacation Connection widget loaded on their desktop, Disney guests will be able to:
· Stay up-to-date on the latest news and special offers
· Plan their next magical Disney vacation
· Count down to the vacation with the countdown clock
· Check Disney theme park hours
· Learn about upcoming special events
· Find out the weather forecast for the Disney vacation destination

The widget is a free download. Guests can learn more about the Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget, and download it, by visiting www.DisneyVacationConnection.com.

January 2, 2010

Give a Day of Volunteer Service in 2010, Get a Day of Disney Theme Park Fun – Free

Disney Parks Hopes to Inspire 1 Million Volunteers Beginning Jan. 1

Disney Parks is launching a program that celebrates the spirit of volunteer service with a simple proposition: "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day."

Disney hopes to inspire families to volunteer in their communities during 2010 through this first of its kind program. One million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will receive a free one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.

While the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program kicks off Jan. 1, right now guests can learn more about the program and how to get their free one-day admission to a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park by visiting www.DisneyParks.com (for the United States and Puerto Rico) or www.DisneyParks.ca (for Canada).

In the past year, guests have been celebrating all sorts of special moments in their lives at Disney parks - from birthdays and anniversaries to reunions and graduations - as part of the "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign.

"In 2010, we want to recognize and add one more reason for celebration: the contributions people make to their communities every day," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We want to inspire 1 million volunteers - people who will invest time and energy to make their own communities and neighborhoods a better place."

To enable people to sign up for an eligible volunteer project, Disney is working with HandsOn Network, the nation's largest volunteer network. Part of Points of Light Institute, HandsOn Network has 250 on-the-ground volunteer action centers across the country and connects volunteers to more than 70,000 nonprofit agencies that need their help.
"Wherever we live, our communities need our hands-on help to thrive," said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute. "We are thrilled at this unprecedented effort by Disney Parks to help mobilize 1 million volunteers into action. 'Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' has the potential to reach so many families and instill the volunteer spirit in a new generation."

Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, "'Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' fits perfectly with our long history of supporting and participating in volunteer efforts. It's a great way to honor guests who are making a positive contribution to their communities."

Starting Jan. 1, 2010, guests can go to www.DisneyParks.com for the United States and Puerto Rico or www.DisneyParks.ca for Canada to search for volunteer opportunities available in those areas through HandsOn Network and sign up for a day of volunteer service. Many of the opportunities will be for projects that entire families can participate in together.

To raise awareness for grass-roots community volunteerism and the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program, Disney VoluntEARS and volunteers from Southwest Airlines are joining with local volunteers on projects coordinated by HandsOn Network in cities across North America this fall and winter. Southwest Airlines also is providing transportation for the initiative.

"Southwest Airlines strives to make a positive difference in the communities we serve, from protecting the environment to supporting a local cause," said Linda Rutherford, vice president of Communications and Strategic Outreach, Southwest Airlines. "Southwest employees give back both locally and nationally through volunteerism, with individual and personal efforts, serving together as teams or through companywide efforts. The opportunity with Disney unites two companies that are devoted to the spirit of volunteerism."

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day details:

Must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunity at disneyparks.com. Ticket quantities for this program are limited. Must be at least age 6 to participate. Other terms and conditions apply. For details, see disneyparks.com in the United States and Puerto Rico. In Canada, see disneyparks.ca.

HOW TO SIGN UP:

-- Visit www.DisneyParks.com or www.DisneyParks.ca, search for a volunteer activity and sign up. The opportunities are being coordinated by HandsOn Network, which includes more than 70,000 nonprofit, school and community-based organizations - all of which rely on volunteer efforts to accomplish their missions in communities. Many of the activities provide opportunities for families to volunteer together.
-- Complete the volunteer activity selected.
-- When the completed day of volunteer service has been verified by HandsOn Network, print out a certificate online (instructions will be included in a follow-up e-mail from Disney Parks) and redeem it at a Disney park - in California at Disneyland Resort or in Florida at Walt Disney World Resort - for a one-day, one-park ticket. If a guest determines that they won't be able to visit a Disney park (certificates must be redeemed and tickets used by Dec. 15, 2010), they can donate the ticket to a charity designated by Disney.

May 12, 2009

All Aboard For 'Disney's A Christmas Carol' Train Tour

FROM SNEAK PEEKS OF EXCLUSIVE 3D FILM FOOTAGE TO SUMMERTIME SNOW - DISNEY PULLS OUT ALL THE WHISTLE STOPS FOR 40-CITY TRAVELING EXPERIENCE

Departing Los Angeles May 22; Tour to Cover More Than 16,000 Miles

BURBANK, Calif., May 8 -- Disney is pulling out all the whistle stops and taking its show on the road with a spectacular immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie "Disney's A Christmas Carol," it was announced today (05/08/09) by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. Set amidst a snowy backdrop -- complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities -- the Train Tour is being launched with HP on board as the title and technology sponsor and driven by Amtrak. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public.

Starring Jim Carrey and directed by Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, "Disney's A Christmas Carol" opens in theatres November 6 in Disney Digital 3D(TM) and in IMAX 3D(R).

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "'Disney's A Christmas Carol' Train Tour is an incredibly fun way to introduce families across the country to the wonders and spectacle that is Robert Zemeckis' unique and spectacular new holiday film. We are so proud of the movie, and think the 3D footage is so incredible, we just had to give everyone a chance to see it in Disney Digital 3D. From Los Angeles to New York, and all points in between, guests are going to have a fabulous time discovering things about the making of this extraordinary film, participating in their own festive fantasies, and getting into the holiday spirit all year round. 'Disney's A Christmas Carol' is great entertainment for moviegoers of all ages, and this is the perfect introduction to a fun and exciting new holiday classic."

Among the highlights of the tour are authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London; artwork, costumes and props from the film; demonstrations of performance capture technology; and a chance to morph your face into one of the film's characters using HP TouchSmart PCs. At each stop along the way, a state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D Theatre will be erected, where guests can get a sneak peek of "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and see other exclusive behind-the-scenes materials from the movie. The latest details about tour stops and scheduled events are available at www.christmascaroltraintour.com.

Featuring four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities, the tour will have its inaugural stop at Los Angeles' Union Station over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 22nd through May 25th. During the next 24 weeks, the train will make 40 stops in 36 states, as it travels its way across more than 16,000 miles of track. The tour will finish at New York's Grand Central Terminal over the weekend of October 30th through November 1st.

At every tour stop, Radio Disney will invite kids to enter for a chance to become a Movie Surfer representing their hometown. Each Hometown Movie Surfer will get a chance to appear on Disney Channel by filming their very own Movie Surfer's segment! They'll also receive a prize package of exclusive Movie Surfer and "Disney's A Christmas Carol" gear.

ABC television stations across the country will run local promotions. At each stop, guests will have the chance to win an HP TouchSmart PC and an HP Photosmart wireless printer. Additionally, Disney is working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization to provide an early Christmas experience to kids across the country. Disney will present the organization with a donation in the amount of $100,000 at the May 21st launch in Los Angeles to further the organization's efforts of helping kids grow up to be great and will invite Boys & Girls Club kids to be part of the tour when it comes to their town. Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation are impacting the lives of 4.8 million young people each year with after-school programs that emphasize education, career exploration, community service, technology skills, financial literacy, the arts and more to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens.

A variety of innovative HP technologies helped to make the Train Tour possible. HP ProLiant servers and HP ProCurve switches will provide Disney with the computing power that will allow guests to collect and upload photos. Throughout the train exhibits, Disney is using HP TouchSmart PCs to run an interactive face morph application and HP monitors to showcase performance capture technology as well as images and digital effects from the film. Additionally, each train car will be wrapped with Disney's Train Tour logo using the versatility of HP Scitex printers.

"For decades HP and Disney have joined together to captivate audiences through technology innovation and digital entertainment," said Michael Mendenhall, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, HP. "HP technology used in the making of 'Disney's A Christmas Carol' has enabled Disney to push the boundaries in performance capture technology. The Train Tour offers an innovative way for guests to interact with HP's latest technology and experience the magic behind the film."

Amtrak locomotives and engineers will lead the four-car Train Tour (plus a private car), across the US, with stops ranging from 1-3 days along the way. Each train station will be themed with holiday decorations, and feature artwork from the film, Christmas Carolers, fun activities for the entire family, and snow!

"Rail travel continues to influence the way people connect with each other and celebrating the release of a true classic is a perfect way to further that connection," said Emmett Fremaux, Vice President Marketing and Product Management, Amtrak. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be teaming up with Walt Disney Studios for this 40 city tour to help educate Americans about the benefit of rail travel."

Dolby Laboratories will be supplying its Dolby(R) 3D Digital Cinema solution for the traveling Digital 3D theater, and Barco is providing the DP2000 digital projectors. Panasonic provides some of the latest high resolution large screen technology available to consumers today throughout the train cars. And, the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging guests traveling to and from the train to Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time!

ABOUT THE MOVIE

"Disney's A Christmas Carol," a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking, performance-capture 3D motion picture event. Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey, revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late. Through the magic of performance-capture technology, Jim Carrey tackles seven roles, including Scrooge and all of the Christmas spirits.

"DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL" TRAIN TOUR SCHEDULE

May 2, 2009

DISNEY JOINS FORCES WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

DISNEY JOINS FORCES WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY TO PLANT 2.7 MILLION TREES IN CONJUNCTION WITH FIRST WEEK TICKET SALES FOR DISNEYNATURE'S DEBUT FEATURE, "EARTH"

Burbank, Calif. - April 29, 2009 -- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the planet's most endangered rainforests, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. In keeping with the Disneynature EARTH's themes of protecting the planet and its wildlife, Walt Disney Studios volunteered to plant a tree in honor of every moviegoer who saw the film during its first week of release. The motion picture grossed an impressive $16.1 million at the box office during week one and broke an opening day record as well as an opening weekend record for a nature documentary. The film also garnered the highest praise from critics and moviegoers alike.

Through its campaign to Plant a Billion Trees (www.plantabillion.org), The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's leading international conservation organizations and its local partners are working to reforest 2.5 million acres of land and re-connect more than 12 million acres in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the planet's most endangered and ecologically significant rainforests. This restoration effort will allow hundreds of plants and animals to re-colonize their former habitats and will protect vital watersheds.

Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "We're proud to be working with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's most effective conservation organizations, in planting trees in the endangered Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Through the Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees campaign, we have an opportunity to honor those who supported 'EARTH' by making a tangible and lasting contribution to conserving globally-significant wildlife habitat. Our goal with Disneynature is to entertain and inform moviegoers about the wonders of our planet, and encourage them to learn more about what they can do to conserve nature."

"Disney has created a spectacular portrait of our planet with Disneynature's 'EARTH' and demonstrated their commitment to the planet by supporting our ambitious, large-scale reforestation effort to restore and preserve the magnificent Atlantic Forest," said Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. "We applaud Disney for their contribution to our effort to plant and restore one billion trees by 2015 in the Atlantic Forest, a global conservation priority area of rich biodiversity."

Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Environmental Affairs, The Walt Disney Company, added, "We are thrilled that through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund that we were able to expand a long relationship between Disney and The Nature Conservancy. The fund was established to support the study and protection of the world's wildlife and ecosystems, and 'EARTH' presented the perfect opportunity to give back to our planet in this tremendous way."

Where the Atlantic Forest survives, it presents some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. The region is home to more than 200 bird species and 60 percent of all Brazil's endangered species. And, on fewer than two and a half acres, scientists have identified more than 450 tree species - more species than are found on the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. The forest also is important because it is the source of clean drinking water for 120 million people. Today, however, only 7 percent of the original Atlantic Forest remains in well-preserved but isolated fragments. The Nature Conservancy's initiative in the Atlantic Forest contributes to the global effort by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year, with a cumulative goal for 2009 of planting 7 billion trees worldwide.

Narrated by James Earl Jones, "EARTH" tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet we call home. "EARTH" combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet's wildest and most elusive creatures. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award®-winning "Planet Earth," combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen.

About Disneynature

Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in over 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world's top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences. Earth, the first film to premiere domestically under the new label on Earth Day 2009, garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, winning 8 Academy Awards (R). For more information about Disneynature, go to: www.disney.com/nature

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy at: www.nature.org

March 10, 2009

DISNEY ANNOUNCES "D23: THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY FOR DISNEY FANS"

Disney's First Official Fan Organization Launches with New Quarterly Publication, Web Site, Fan Events and Collectibles Line
First Quarterly Publication Features Exclusive Interviews with Tim Burton, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as behind-the-scenes visit to Pixar Animation Studios

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Oakland and Burbank, CALIFORNIA (March 10, 2009)/PRNewswire/- Disney today announced the launch of D23 (www.Disney.com/D23), the first official community for Disney fans in the Company's 85-year history. Through D23, fans will go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every part of Disney, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.

"We have a fantastic legacy that started in 1923 and is based on timeless stories, beloved characters and unforgettable experiences, but it's our fans that keep the spirit of Disney alive year after year, generation after generation," said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger at the Company's annual shareholder's meeting. "D23 is our way of saying 'thank you' and celebrating our fans, who bring the magic of Disney to life every day in every corner of the world."

As a part of this new Disney fan experience, today also marks the launch of D23's new quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the all-new D23 Web site at Disney.com/D23; and a new collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection, which was created specifically with D23 members in mind. D23 also will host special events for its members throughout the year, highlighted by the organization's signature event, the D23 Expo, which will be held in Anaheim this September 10-13.

A one-year D23 membership ($74.99) includes:

* Disney twenty-three quarterly publication: A one-year subscription (four issues) to D23's new collectible magazine filled with stunning photography, dazzling illustrations and the ultimate Disney insider perspective. This advertising-free keepsake is the all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney's past, present and future.
* Membership Certificate and Card: The D23 membership card and suitable-for-framing member certificate - both specially created for D23's Charter Year - feature many of Disney's most beloved characters.
* Surprise Collectible Gift and Member Merchandise: Each member who joins D23 will receive an exclusive collectible gift from the new Walt Disney Archives Collection. This merchandise line was created specifically with D23 members in mind, and each piece is authorized by the Walt Disney Archives. D23 members will have exclusive or early access to a wide assortment of Walt Disney Archives Collection pieces.
* D23 Expo and Member Special Events: The D23 Expo - to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from September 10-13, 2009 - will be "The Ultimate Disney Fan Experience," featuring incredible speakers, celebrity appearances, breathtaking exhibitions, interactive experiences, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and much more. All Disney fans are welcome, but D23 members will receive a discount on Expo admissions and early access to the show daily. D23 also offers unique members-only special event opportunities throughout the year.
* Disney.com/D23: All fans can stay connected to Disney every day through D23's new Web site, featuring up-to-the-minute Disney news, feature stories, event info and more, but only D23 members will receive regular email updates on special event and merchandise opportunities exclusive to them.

Disney twenty-three quarterly publication

Disney today launches its new quarterly publication Disney twenty-three, a hybrid entertainment and lifestyle magazine that is the all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney's past, present and future. Its name pays homage to 1923, the year The Walt Disney Company was founded.

The premiere issue of Disney twenty-three includes exclusive features such as:

* Interviews with Tim Burton, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
* Inside look at the new Disney/Pixar animated film Up, featuring interviews with Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera, concept and production art, and a look at the new animated short Partly Cloudy.
* A rare look inside Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. Meet the Pixar team and learn the secrets behind the success of their films.
* The doors open for two of the most exclusive, magical suites in the world: the Cinderella Castle Suite at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Dream Suite overlooking New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America at the Disneyland Resort.

Disney twenty-three's regular featured departments include:

* A Walk with Walt: A look back at the trials and triumphs of the man who made dreams come true and whose imagination started it all.
* D Society: From gala movie premieres and grand openings to candid Disney moments and memories, D Society takes readers backstage and onto the red carpet.
* PHOTOfiles: The legendary Walt Disney Archives Photo Library houses millions of Disney's most cherished photographic memories, and the Archives team shares its Top 100, five in every issue. Let the countdown begin!
* Where in D?: Try to identify where in the world of Disney each issue's mystery photo was taken.
* The Funny Pages: For the first time in decades, enjoy the vintage newspaper comic strips that helped make many of Disney's most popular characters famous.
* Making Magic: Crafts for children of all ages, inspired by Disney's favorite stories and experiences.
* Recipes from Disney's most popular restaurants and eateries, past and present.

Disney twenty-three subscriptions are available only by becoming a member of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans. Individual issues of Disney twenty-three retail for $15.95 and are available exclusively at all U.S. Barnes & Noble booksellers, all domestic Disney Stores, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disneyshopping.com.

DISNEY.COM/D23

The D23 site on Disney.com will serve as the premier online destination for Disney fans, highlighted by breaking Disney news, exclusive feature stories, blogs, historical retrospectives, a collectibles boutique, special event information, and other content. The D23 online experience includes News & Features, Walt Disney Archives, Disney twenty-three, Expo & Events, and Boutique23. Highlights include:

NEWS & FEATURES

* Late-breaking news, press releases, and photos of interest to fans from every part of Disney.
* "Twilight Bark" - inspired by the Disney animated feature 101 Dalmatians - offers up the latest tidbits and news "bites" from all around the world of Disney.
* Feature articles and interviews on current Disney topics from theme parks and animation to television and motion pictures, as well as historical retrospectives.
* Official Disney Bloggers - Get regular updates on films in production at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, current Walt Disney Imagineering projects, and the Walt Disney Archives.

WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES

* "This Day in Disney" - A daily walk down memory lane.
* "What's Old Is News" - Go back in time and enjoy rare, vintage and classic articles, stories, interviews, press materials and other highlights from deep within the Disney Archives.
* "Ask Dave" - Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Dave Smith answers your questions about Disney history.
* "Archives Library" - helpful Disney reference tools including biographies, filmographies, award chronologies, Disney A to Z updates, historical profiles and other archival information.

DISNEY TWENTY-THREE

* The online home of Disney twenty-three, D23's quarterly publication.
* Expanded stories, interviews and imagery.
* "D Society: Online Edition" - regularly updated photo gallery.
* "The Funny Page: Daily Edition" - a delightful daily dose of vintage Disney comics that haven't been seen outside the Disney Archives in decades.
* "Making Magic" - An archive of the unique crafts featured in Disney twenty-three.
* "Disney Dish" - Always be able to find your favorite recipes from Disney twenty-three.

EXPO & EVENTS

* "D23 Expo" - The official Web site for everything you need to know about "The Ultimate Disney Fan Experience" September 10-13, at the Anaheim Convention Center, including programming, show hours, celebrity appearances, keynote speakers, ticket information, vacation packages, and more.
* "D23 Member Special Events" - Throughout the year, D23 hosts special events created just for its members. Members can find out which ones they want to attend and how to register.

BOUTIQUE 23

* D23 merchandise and collectibles, including D23 member-only offerings from the Walt Disney Archives Collection
* Hosted by Disneyshopping.com

D23 membership

D23 membership is not required to visit Disney.com/D23, but some merchandise and special event opportunities are exclusive to D23 members.

Fans can join D23 at www.Disney.com/D23, all Disney Store locations within the United States, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and www.DisneyShopping.com/D23.
About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. Through the years, Disney has captured the imagination of millions around the world, and, as requested by Disney fans everywhere, D23 gives them a greater, richer connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic.

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT LONG-TERM ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS


Strategic Environmental Objectives and Targets Outlined in
Disney's First Comprehensive Corporate Responsibility Report

BURBANK, Calif., March 9, 2009 -- The Walt Disney Company today announced a landmark set of strategic environmental goals and challenging 3 to 5 year targets to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, and its impact on water and ecosystems.

The goals are part of Disney's 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company's approach to critical corporate responsibility issues ranging from charitable giving to nutrition and from online safety for kids to workplace diversity.

"Disney's enhanced corporate responsibility efforts make our brands and products more attractive, strengthen our bonds with consumers, make the company a more desirable place to work and build goodwill in the communities we operate," said Disney president and CEO Robert A. Iger. "All of this contributes to shareholder value."

The interactive multimedia report, now available online only at www.disney.com/crreport, provides a detailed snapshot of the company's philosophy and activities in five areas; children and family, content and products, environment, community and workplaces. Details include the company's first comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory and updates on Disney's pioneering policies on healthy food guidelines and smoking in films.

Building on 20 years of work by Disney's environmental affairs department, the new goals and targets were formulated over the last two years by an Environmental Council of senior executives from across the company. Charged with developing and implementing sustainable strategies for Disney's impact on the environment, as well as ways to use the company's media reach to encourage positive action, the Council has taken a measured, scientific approach in analyzing company operations and crafting strategic objectives.

"While Disney has always been a leader in environmental stewardship, we are taking ambitious steps to help preserve our planet for future generations," said Disney Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Thomas O. Staggs.

The long-term environmental goals outlined in the report are:
-- Zero waste
-- Zero net direct greenhouse gas emissions from fuels
-- Reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from electricity consumption
-- Net positive impact on ecosystems
-- Minimize water use
-- Minimize product footprint
-- Inform, empower and activate positive action for the environment

For additional details and medium-term targets visit www.disney.com/crreport

"We applaud Disney for its leadership in adopting these goals, especially at such a challenging time in the global economy," said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. "Disney's vision underscores the continued interest in the environment among people worldwide and the growing recognition that environmental leadership can help revitalize the economy." Conservation International provided advice to Disney on its new goals and targets.

The 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report represents the latest phase in Disney's longstanding heritage of corporate social responsibility and reflects a company-wide effort to build an integrated, transparent strategy focused on serving the needs of the company's primary stakeholders; consumers, employees, shareholders, business partners and the communities in which it works.

The report is organized as follows:
-- Children and Family - guiding principles, kids' health and nutrition, creative practices, programming philosophies and marketing policies
-- Content and Products - standards and practices, content diversity, product safety policies and parks accessibility and safety
-- Environment - environmental initiatives, progress and long-term goals
-- Community - charitable giving, VoluntEAR and community outreach updates
-- Workplaces - employee diversity, benefits and international labor standards

The report anchors a broader suite of publications being issued today. Six additional reports provide information specifically on Disney's Parks & Resorts segment and the following operations: Disney Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. The suite of reports highlights issues of importance to local communities at some of the company's largest sites.

February 11, 2009

Disneynature will premiere its first film on Earth Day 2009

Disneynature will release its first film "Earth," on April 22, 2009. For more information, click here. http://disney.go.com/disneynature/

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